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Buyers dive for ‘Submarine’ at TIFF

Toronto titles continue to cause stir

The acquisitons market continued to heat up Sunday night and Monday morning at the Toronto Film Festival as buyers circled several titles in earnest, including Richard Ayoade’s feature directorial debut “Submarine,” a British comedy-drama.

Graham Taylor’s WME Global and Protagonist are co-repping domestic rights for “Submarine,” while Protagonist alone handles foreign. Pic, toplining Noah Taylor and Sally Hawkins, premiered Sunday night.

Ben Stiller, a fan of the script from early and exec producer on the film, presented “Submarine” at the preem and introduced Ayoade, a longtime TV comedy actor and writer.

Several domestic buyers are circling the film in earnest, while foreign distribs also are showing interest. The only territory sold going into Toronto was the U.K., where Optimum is distributing.

“Submarine,” adapated by Ayoade from the novel by Joe Dunthorne, tells the story of a 15-year-old boy wih a two-fold goal: to lose his virginity by his next birthday, and stop his mother from leaving his father for her dance teacher.

“Submarine” is produced by Brit-based Warp Films. First press and industry screening of the film is today.

WME already has closed deals for domestic rights to two other films playing at Toronto, “Dirty Girl” and “Super.” WME co-repped “Super” with Rich Klubeck and Rena Ronson’s UTA indie group.

The Weinstein Co. was interested in writer/director Abe Sylvia’s Milla Jovovich dramedy”Dirty Girl” coming into the fest, and sealed a deal Sunday night for rights to the U.S., U.K., France, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa

The $3 million deal for “Dirty Girl” was closed as the film premiered. PIc also stars Mary Steenburgen, Juno Temple and William H. Macy.