Strand lands ‘Simon’

Distrib co. gets Tribeca pic

NEW YORK — Los Angeles-based indie distrib Strand Releasing has acquired North American rights to helmer Eddy Terstall’s Dutch-lingo feature “Simon,” which preemed in competition at the Tribeca Film Fest April 24.

Pic follows lifelong best friends — one gay, one straight — as one faces a terminal illness. Cees Geel and Marcel Hensema star; Geel on Saturday took the fest’s actor prize for his perf.

Pic was the Dutch selection this year for foreign-language film Oscar contention.

“Simon” is one of a number of gay-themed pics generating interest at Tribeca, including Felicity Huffman starrer “Transamerica,” over-the-top comedy “Adam & Steve” and docs “Same Sex America” and “Gay Sex in the ’70s.”

“Simon” deal was brokered by Strand’s Marcus Hu and Jon Gerrans with Fortissimo Films’ Wouter Barendrecht.

Buy marks another Tribeca deal after New Yorker bought the docu “After Innocence” from Showtime earlier in the fest.

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