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Sundance: The Orchard, Sony Pictures International Snag ‘Digging for Fire’ (Updated)

The Orchard has nabbed North American rights to Joe Swanberg’s “Digging for Fire,” marking the upstart distributor’s second major deal of the Sundance Film Festival.

In addition, Sony Pictures International has paid an undisclosed film for foreign rights to the off-beat comedy.

The film arrives courtesy of “Drinking Buddies” creator Swanberg and follows a husband and wife who come across a bone and a gun and the fallout from that discovery. A big selling point was the picture’s ensemble cast, which features prominent names such as Sam Elliott, Judith Light, Ron Livingston, Melanie Lynskey and Jenny Slate. Jake Johnson co-wrote the script with Swanberg.

The Orchard previously outbid a number of distributors to snag the sex comedy “The Overnight.”

“After admiring Joe’s films for a long time, it’s a dream for us to have the opportunity to work with him,” said Paul Davidson, the Orchard’s senior VP of film and TV.

In a largely positive review, Variety‘s Ben Kenigsberg wrote, “Joe Swanberg continues his march toward the mainstream even as he deepens his signature brand of hangout film.”

The Orchard started in music distribution and sales in 1997 and expanded its portfolio into movies recently, with such VOD-and-theatrical titles as “Loitering With Intent” and the Slamdance 2014 documentary “Little Hope Was Arson.”

The deal was negotiated by the Orchard director of acquisitions Danielle DiGiacomo and the filmmakers directly, along with André Des Rochers of Gray Krauss Stratford Sander Des Rochers.

 

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