The 33rd Toronto International Film Festival opens tonight in the Canadian metropolis, with the dollar at dismal near-parity with her Canadian facismile.
Yours truly is not there, being tied to her desk and ever so busy building The Wrap News. The festival, the unofficial opening of the serious movie season, will last until September 13.
But wait! Already four acquisitions were announced today, ahead of opening night, according to IndieWire:
- Strand Releasing took the U.S. rights to Terence Davies’ "Of Time and City," which will have its North American debut during the festival
- Cinema Guild picked up the U.S. rights to Jia Zhangke’s "24 City."
- Brillante Mendoza’s "Serbis" was picked up by Regent Releasing in North America.
- Samuel Goldwyn Films announced its acquisition of U.S. rights to Rachel Samuels’ "Dark Streets."
TO PR FOLKS IN TORONTO: I may not be there, but I still care. Please call or, preferably, email when you’ve got acquisitions to announce, bidding wars won. We’ll post them here.