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IFC on buy spree at fest

Closes in on a quartet of acquisitions on Wed., Thurs.

IFC Films roared into action as Sundance wound down, closing in on a quartet of acquisitions on Wednesday and Thursday. The distrib picked up comedy “Liberal Arts,” horror pic “The Pact” for its Midnight division and AIDS docu “How to Survive a Plague” for its Sundance Selects label and was closing in on psychological drama “Simon Killer.”

IFC picked up North American rights to writer-director-producer Josh Radnor’s “Liberal Arts,” which was produced by financier BCDF Pictures partners Brice Dal Farra, Claude Dal Farra and Lauren Munsch, as well as Jesse Hara of Tom Sawyer Entertainment, the management and production company he runs with Rachel Miller.

“How I Met Your Mother” star Radnor, whose “happythankyoumoreplease” played Sundance in 2010, stars as a newly single man who returns to his alma mater for his favorite professor’s retirement dinner. Elizabeth Olsen co-stars alongside Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney, John Magaro and “Twilight” thesp Elizabeth Reaser.

Deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, senior VP of acquisitions and productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films, with the Gersh Agency negotiating on behalf of the filmmakers.

The distrib is also in final negotiations to acquire writer-director Antonio Campos’ “Simon Killer” for mid-six figures. Matt Palmieri financed the pic through his FilmHaven Entertainment and produced with Campos’ Borderline Films partners Josh Mond and Sean Durkin. Melody Roscher co-produced.

While sources caution that no deal has closed, IFC Films distributed Campos’ first film, “Afterschool.” “Simon Killer” stars Brady Corbet as a recent college graduate who goes to Paris and falls in love with a mysterious young prostitute. CAA and UTA are negotiating the deal on behalf of the filmmakers, as UTA reps the Borderline trio.

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