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Toronto: Koch Media Takes U.K., Germany on ‘Goodnight Mommy’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Deals add to Radius/TWC Toronto pick-up for North America

Koch Media has acquired Germany and the U.K. on Venice standout “Goodnight, Mommy,” sold by Films Distribution, adding to the Radius/The Weinstein Company pick-up for North America announced on Monday.

Deal was closed at Toronto. In further early sales, Fabula Films has closed Turkey and Praessens Switzerland. A disturbing chiller, produced by famed Austrian helmer Ulrich Seidl, “Goodnight, Mommy” world premiered to immediate acclaim at Venice in its Horizons section, before playing Toronto’s Vanguard, where it had its North American premiere on Saturday.

Helmed by Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz, Seidl’s co-scribe in a collaboration which began with 2001’s “Dog Days,” and takes in 2007’s “Import/Export” and the “Paradise” movie trilogy, “Goodnight, Mommy” turns on two 10-year-old identical twins whose mother returns home grotesquely swathed in bandages after plastic surgery.

They begin to suspect this monster-looking figure is not their mother at all. Susanne Wuest, Elias Schwarz and Lukas Schwarz star. Negotiations were brokered between Radius/TWC’s Tom Quinn and Films Distribution’s Francois Yon. They began at Venice, where TWC viewed the film.

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“Goodnight. Mommy” received a rave reception at Venice. Variety’s Peter Debruge writing that the film “recalls such child-centric chillers as ‘I’m Not Scared’ and ‘The Orphanage.’”

Whether “Goodnight, Mommy” needed such reviews to close the Radius and Koch deals is another question.

“This is one of those movies where it’s clear there’s high marketability value and large talent behind the movie. It’s very script driven, brilliantly directed,” said Films Distribution’s Nicolas Brigaud-Robert.

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