Sundance 2013 Acquisitions: BEFORE MIDNIGHT, PRINCE AVALANCHE, AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS, and S-VHS

     January 25, 2013

As the 2013 Sundance Film Festival winds down to a close, a few more high profile acquisitions are taking place.

  • Before Midnight – Director Richard Linklater’s simply incredible sequel to Before Sunrise and Before Sunset earned rave reviews following its premiere at the festival, and now Deadline reports that Sony Pictures Classics is making the acquisition in what’s shaping up to be one of the biggest deals of Sundance.  Read Matt’s review here.
  • Prince Avalanche – Director David Gordon Green’s refreshingly subdued and touching tiny-budget comedy starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch also earned great reviews, and Magnolia Pictures has acquired distribution rights for a summer 2013 release.  Read Matt’s review here.
  • Ain’t Them Bodies Saints – This Casey Affleck/Rooney Mara period crime film has earned comparisons to the work of Terrence Malick, and IFC Films has nabbed the U.S. rights for a multi-platform release later this year, per Deadline. Look for an awards season push.
  • S-VHS – This horror anthology sequel earned better reviews that its predecessor, and Variety reports that Magnolia Pictures (who distributed the first film) has acquired the rights to release this pic as well.

Hit the jump to read the press releases and for images.

prince-avalanche-emile-hirsch-paul-ruddHere’s the press release for Prince Avalanche:

Park City, UT – January 23, 2013 – The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures announced today that they have acquired North American rights to PRINCE AVALANCHE after its rapturously received Sunday premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The new film from writer/director David Gordon Green, PRINCE AVALANCHE stars Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch, and was produced by Lisa Muskat, Derrick Tseng, Craig Zobel (director of Magnolia’s 2012 release Compliance), James Belfer and David Gordon Green.

Driven by striking performances from Rudd and Hirsch, PRINCE AVALANCHE is an offbeat comedy about two men painting traffic lines on a desolate country highway that’s been ravaged by wildfire. Against this dramatic setting, beautifully shot by frequent Green collaborator Tim Orr, the men bicker and joke with each other, eventually developing an unlikely friendship. Funny, meditative and at times surreal, PRINCE AVALANCHE features a moving score by Explosions in the Sky and David Wingo, and was loosely adapted from an Icelandic film called Either Way.

“All of us at Magnolia are huge fans of David Gordon Green, and it’s been a dream for a long time to work with him,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “PRINCE AVALANCHE is incredibly smart, funny, warm and engaging film, with indelible, iconic performances from both Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch.”

“Prince Avalanche was a strange joy to make and the reaction by audiences has been beautiful,” said David Gordon Green. “The pleasure continues as we join with Magnolia to distribute the movie. I couldn’t be more proud.”

The deal was negotiated by Magnolia SVP of Acquisitions Dori Begley with John Sloss and Cinetic. Magnolia is eyeing a summer theatrical release for the film.

PRINCE AVALANCHE was financed by Lankn Partners, Dogfish Pictures and Dreambridge Films.

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