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Toronto: British Drama ‘Sunset Song’ Bought by Magnolia for North America

Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to Terence Davies’ period drama “Sunset Song” following its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.

Fortissimo Films, which handled the sale, has recently locked deals with Metrodome Distribution for the U.K. and Ireland (excluding TV), and Festival Films for Spain.

Sunset Song” will screen in competition at the upcoming San Sebastian International Film Festival and the BFI London Film Festival, with Metrodome releasing it in the U.K. on Dec. 4.

The movie is based on Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s 1932 novel about a farming family struggling to eke out a living in northeast Scotland. Agyness Deyn and Kevin Guthrie star in the pic about the impact of World War I.

The film is a U.K./Luxembourg co-production presented by the BFI Film Fund, Film Fund Luxembourg, Creative Scotland and BBC Scotland. “Sunset Song” is produced by Hurricane Films’ Roy Boulter and Sol Papadopoulos and Iris Productions’ Nicolas Steil. It’s executive produced by SellOutPictures’ Bob Last.

Davies’ credits include “The House of Mirth” and “The Long Day Closes.”

The deal was negotiated by Fortissimo’s Nicole Mackey with Magnolia’s John Von Thaden.

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