Tribeca Film, Miramax to Distribute Keira Knightley Drama

‘Last Night,’ which makes screenwriter Massy Tadjedin’s directorial debut, will be released in the Spring

Last Updated: February 2, 2011 @ 3:34 PM

Tribeca Film and Miramax are teaming up for the U.S. release of "Last Night," a drama starring Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Eva Mendes and Guillaume Canet, the companies announced Wednesday.

It is Miramax's first deal under its new ownership.

Tribeca acquired theatrical, VOD and select digital rights to the film, which it plans to release this Spring in Los Angeles, New York and other U.S. markets. It also will release via national VOD outlets and other platforms. Miramax has distribution rights for home video and television sales, and long-term digital rights.

Tribeca says that "Last Night" is about "a married couple apart for an evening when the husband takes a business trip with a colleague to whom he’s attracted.  While he’s resisting temptation, his wife encounters her past love."

Massy Tadjedin, who wrote "The Jacket" — also starring Knightley — wrote the film and makes her directorial debut.

Clint Mansell ("Black Swan") is the composer. Peter Deming ("Mulholland Dr.") is cinematographer.

“Tribeca Film and Last Night are perfectly matched, and we are excited about the opportunity to bring this film to audiences across the country,” said Jon Patricof, Chief Operating Officer, Tribeca Enterprises, in a written statement.

Mike Lang, CEO of Miramax, said in a written statement that, “We are very pleased to partner with Tribeca to bring Last Night to U.S. audiences. We see our deal with Tribeca Film as a strong example of the kind of strategic alliances we are looking to develop. We look forward to expanding the film's reach to audiences globally as well as maximizing all of Miramax’s retained rights, especially on the digital front.”

The deal was negotiated by Nick Savva, Director, Acquisitions, for Tribeca Film, and Adam Sloan, EVP, Tribeca Enterprises.

The movie held its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Tribeca Film launched in March 2010 and is a year-round distribution intiative that acquires and markets independent films. It plans to continue its expansion throughout the year.

For Miramax, the relationship with Tribeca Film represents the first U.S. distribution deal for the new company, as it looks to maximize the renowned Miramax film library.