You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Liberal Arts,’ ‘Imposter’ find U.K. home

Picturehouse, Revolver partner on pick-ups

LONDON — Picturehouse Ent. and Revolver Ent. have joined forces to acquire U.K. rights for two Sundance world preems “Liberal Arts” and “The Imposter.”

Actor-writer-director-producer Josh Radnor’s second pic, “Liberal Arts,” which Variety revealed was snapped up by IFC Films for the U.S. on Wednesday, toplines Radnor (“happythankyoumoreplease”), Elizabeth Olsen, Zac Efron, Richard Jenkins and Allison Janney.

Radnor stars as a recently single man who visits his favorite professor’s retirement dinner only to forge a relationship with a precocious college student.

Deal was struck between Revolver’s head of acquisitions Dave Bishop, Picturehouse’s Clare Binns, Hyde Park Intl.’s prexy Ruzanna Kegeyan, and Jennifer Dana and Jay Cohen of Gersh.

Bart Layton’s feature docu debut “The Imposter,” about a young Frenchman who convinces a grieving Texas family that he is their missing teenage son, was sold by Protagonist Pictures.

Deal was agreed by Protagonist topper Ben Roberts, Binns and Bishop.

The two acquisitions mark the first time that Picturehouse and Revolver have come together to work on acquiring rights. Both companies will work closely together on the U.K. releases for the pics.

Revolver CEO Justin Marciano noted that the company was “delighted” to expand its relationship with Picturehouse.

“We’ve been looking to collaborate on a project for some time,” he said.

Binns remarked that the partnership “means that we can go after and acquire these more ambitious titles and use both teams’ talents to really give them the best possible launch in the U.K.”

More Film

  • Singapore Actor Aloysius Pang Dies at

    Singapore Actor Aloysius Pang Killed on Military Service, At 28

    Singapore actor, Aloysius Pang died Wednesday of injuries sustained while on military training in New Zealand. He was 28. Pang was best known for his appearance in movies “Young & Fabulous,” and “Timeless Love.” He also had a string of credits in Singapore TV series. Pang was involved in accident last week, while repairing a [...]

  • Alibaba Expands Film Investment, Loans $100

    Alibaba Expands Film Investment Plan, Loans $100 Million to Huayi Bros.

    Alibaba Pictures Group, the film business arm of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, has struck a strategic co-operation deal with leading film studio Huayi Brothers. The deal terms include a $103 million (RMB700 million) loan to Huayi. Alibaba Pictures said the agreement was part of its recently announced strategy to be a part of major movies [...]

  • Netflix Buys Taiwan Black Comedy 'Dear

    Netflix Buys Taiwan Black Comedy 'Dear Ex'

    Netflix has added to its roster of Mandarin-language content with the acquisition of rights to Taiwanese dark comedy “Dear Ex.” The award-winning film will play out from Feb. 1. The story involves a recently bereaved widow and a gay man fighting over a dead man’s inheritance, with the woman’s teenage son caught in the middle. [...]

  • Audrey Wells

    Film News Roundup: Audrey Wells Scholarships Launched by UCLA, China's Pearl Studio

    In today’s film news roundup, Pearl Studio and UCLA start a “Say Yes!” scholarship in memory of Audrey Well; Gina Lollobrigida and Claudia Cardinale are honored; and the “General Magic” documentary gets bought. SCHOLARSHIPS UNVEILED China’s Pearl Studio has made a gift of $100,000 for endowed scholarships to the UCLA School of Theater, Film and [...]

  • Honey Boy Knock Down the House

    Sundance Hot Titles List: 13 Buzzy Films That Have Buyers Talking

    There’s a good reason that much of Hollywood braves the thin mountain air each year to make the trek to the Sundance Film Festival, and it’s not to check out the nearby ski slopes. The annual launch of the indie film gathering brings with it the possibility of discovering the next big thing in moviemaking. [...]

  • (L to R) VIGGO MORTENSEN and

    Will Oscar Nominations Give This Year's Contenders a Box Office Boost?

    With nominees like “Black Panther,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and “A Star Is Born,” the 2018 class of movies proved the Oscars don’t need a popular films category to recognize movies that also made bank in theaters. But now that the academy has selected this year’s crop of awards hopefuls, is there any green left to squeeze [...]

  • A24 Buys Sequel to Tilda Swinton's

    Sundance: A24 Buys Sequel to Tilda Swinton's Romance-Drama 'The Souvenir'

    A24 has bought the North American rights to Tilda Swinton’s romance-drama “The Souvenir – Part 2,” closing the deal on the eve of the Sundance Film Festival. “The Souvenir” is set to make its world premiere at Sundance on Jan. 27, followed by playing in the Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival in February. [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content