Cannes Deal Central: Sundance Selects Keeps Buying, IFC Midnight Joins In

Company makes fifth Cannes purchase with “Poliss,” while sister company IFC Midnight grabs controversial “Snowtown”

Last Updated: May 24, 2011 @ 12:37 PM

Sundance Selects has continued to add to its Cannes Film Festival haul, making its fifth purchase with "Poliss" from writer-director Maiwenn (below).

Earlier in the festival, the company acquired U.S. rights to the competition films "Sleeping Beauty," "The Kid With a Bike" and "House of Tolerance," as well as Mia Hansen Love's "Goodbye First Love."

PolissSundance Selects is a sister company to IFC and IFC Midnight. At this year's festival, it has taken the role of aggressive buyer usually assumed by IFC, which has been quiet. But IFC Midnight company made its first acquisition on Friday with "Snowtown," a controversial thriller that screened in the Critics Week section.

For additional Cannes deal information, check TheWrap's updated lists:

Cannes Film Festival Official Selections
Marche du Film Marketplace Acquisitions
Marche du Film Project Announcements

"Poliss" – Sundance Selects has acquired U.S. rights to the drama about Paris officers investigating crimes against children. The film was written and directed by Maiwenn, and screened in the main competition at Cannes.

"Snowtown" — IFC Midnight has bought the North American rights to Australian director Justin Kurzel's psychological drama based on the story of serial killer John Bunting. The film received a special citation from the jury in the Critics Week section of Cannes.

"Spores" — American World Picutres has bought worldwide rights to the thriller about a pharmaceutical test that turns its subjects murderous. Jason Dudek is writing and directing the film, which is expected to begin principal photography in June. 

The Kid With a Bike" –Sundance Selects has bought all U.S. rights to the Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardennes' low-key drama about a pre-teen boy placed in a foster home. This is the third film screening in competition to be acquired by Sundance Selects, which also picked up "Sleeping Beauty" and "House of Tolerance."

"House of Tolerance"– Sundance Selects has acquired all North American rights to Bertrand Bonello's drama about the lives of sex workers in a Paris brothel at the beginning of the 20th Century. The film is Sundance Selects' second acquisition from the Cannes main competition, following "Sleeping Beauty."

"Goodbye First Love"– Sundance Selects has pre-bought rights to writer-director Mia Hansen Love's romantic drama, which follows a love affair that begins in adolescence. The company previously distributed the director's "Father of My Children."

"Romantics Anonymous"– Tribeca Films has acquired U.S. rights to writer-director Jean-Pierre Ameris' love story, which premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival  and has been a hit in France. The tale of two shy chocolate makers who come together, the film stars Isabelle Carré and Benoît Poelvoorde.

Untitled Jim Jarmusch Project – Director Jarmusch ("Broken Flowers," "Stranger Than Paradise") plans to begin production in January on a love story involving vampires. Tilda Swinton, Michael Fassbender, Mia Wasikowa and John Hurt will appear in the film.

"Quartet" — The U.K. rights to Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut have been purchased by Momentum. The film is expected to begin shooting in the fall, with Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay and Maggie Smith playing members of a quartet who come together for a reunion concert.

"Highlander"– RCR Media Group will co-finance Summit Entertainment's reboot of the adventure franchise "Highlander" with "Fast Five" director Justin Lin, RCR and Summit announced at Cannes. Art Marcum and Matt Holloway have written the script for the film, which will be produced by Neal H. Moritz and Peter Davis.

"The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes" — Dimension Films and Miramax have announced a January 2012 release for the haunted-house sequel. It will be the first film made under an agreement that allows the Weinstein Company's Dimension to produce sequels to Miramax properties. More info.

"In the Land of Blood and Honey" — FilmDistrict has picked up the rights to the Bosnian-set war drama directed by Angelina Jolie. The company, a subsidiary of GK Films, plans a December release. More info.

"Looper" — FilmDistrict has also acquired rights to the time-travel science fiction film "Looper," with a cast that includes Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt. The film was written and directed by Rian Johnson, and will be released by FilmDistrict through Sony's Tri Star label. More info.

"Fairytale of New York"– Kiefer Sutherland will play an Irish standup comic and Kate Bosworth an American art aficionado in Lee Cleary's love story, which will film in Northern Ireland and New York and is being sold in the Cannes marketplace by the Little Film Company. The plot is less gritty than the brilliant Pogues song from which it takes its name, which is set in a New York City drunk tank on Christmas Eve.