Monday, September 14, 2009

Nobody Buying Yet at Toronto

By Chase Kahn

Not a single film as been bought for U.S. distribution so far at the Toronto International Film Festival, with early prognosticators predicting that buyers are playing the wai-and-see game in an attempt to find bargains.

Jon Amiel's Creation, the pretty well-received Charles Darwin picture starring Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly, is currently without a U.S. partner and it opened the festival. Also without a U.S. distrib. are:

Tom Ford's A Single Man -- starring Colin Firth (Best Actor winner at Venice)
Atom Egoyan's Chloe -- starring Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried
Daniel Barber's Harry Brown -- vigilante flick starring Michael Caine
Todd Solondz's Life During Wartime -- Venice Best Screenplay Winner
Neil Jordan's Ondine -- starring Colin Farrell
Oliver Parker's Dorian Gray -- starring Ben Barnes
Danis Tenovic's Triage -- war drama starring Colin Farrell
Ian Fitzgibbon's Perrier's Bounty -- Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson
Nikki Caro's The Vintner's Luck -- 19th Century French period drama

These are just a few of the high-profile films that have all screened at Toronto to no sale. Hopefully it's the calm before the storm, as I would love to see platform releases for most of these films later this year/early next. Especially Tom Ford's A Single Man, more on it later.

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