Dark Horse

Dark Horse

Acquired: February 6
By: Sony Pictures Classics
Purchase Price: NA
Director: Louise Osmond
Starring:
Other Info: The documentary won the Audience Award in the World Cinema Documentary category.
Plot Synopsis:

In early 2000, in a tiny village in one of the poorest mining valleys in Wales, Jan Vokes, the barmaid at the local men’s club, hatches a crazy plan to take on the “sport of kings” and breed a racehorse. She gathers together a group of locals who each agree to pitch in 10 pounds a week. They raise their foal on a hillside made of slag from the coal mine and nurture it to maturity. Reflecting their pride and flights of fancy, they name their horse Dream Alliance.

To the astonishment of the racing elite, Dream becomes an unlikely champion, beating the finest thoroughbreds in the land. Then, in one fateful race, the horse—which embodies the plucky band of misfits’ hopes and dreams—has a near-fatal accident. Nursed back to health through the love of his owners, Dream makes a remarkable recovery, returning to the track for a heart-pounding comeback.

Sleeping With Other People

Sleeping With Other People

Acquired: February 5
By: IFC
Purchase Price: Above seven figures, according to Variety.
Director: Leslye Headland
Starring: Alison Brie, Adam Scott, Amanda Peet, Jason Mantzoukas, Natasha Lyonne, Jason Sudeikis
Other Info: Many companies were interested in the comedy, which we named one of the best of the festival.
Plot Synopsis:

Years after impulsively losing their virginity to each other in college, Lainey (Alison Brie) and Jake (Jason Sudeikis) meet at a support group in New York (“What’s a nice girl like you doing at a sex addicts meeting?”). A spark resurfaces, but they’ve walked this road before. Abject failures in romance who lead lives of serial infidelity and self-sabotage, they agree to a platonic friendship to mutually support their recovery—and what’s more supportive than teaching your friend proper self-stimulation? Can love bloom while you’re sleeping with other people?

forbidden-room

The Forbidden Room

Acquired: February 5
By: Kino Lorber
Purchase Price: N/A
Director: Guy Maddin
Starring: Geraldine Chaplin, Caroline Dhavernas, Roy Dupuis, Udo Kier, Charlotte Rampling, Karine Vanasse
Other Info: This film was shot as part of two different museum installations, with visitors able to look in on the shoot from just a few feet away.
Plot Synopsis:

As potbellied, satin robe-clad Marv opens The Forbidden Room, he instructs us on the history and significance of bathing. One might never guess what’s in store from Canadian auteur’s Guy Maddin’s ode to the lost movies of the silent era, honoring classic cinema while electrocuting it with energy. Bursting with playful cacophony, Maddin’s opus takes us high into the air, under the sea, around the world, and into dreamscapes, spinning tales of amnesia, captivity, deception, and murder..

The Hallow

The Hallow

Acquired: February 3
By: IFC Midnight
Purchase Price: Low seven figures, according to Deadline.
Director: Corin Hardy
Starring: Joseph Mawle, Bojana Novakovic, Michael McElhatton, Michael Smiley
Other Info: Corin Hardy will next direct The Crow.
Plot Synopsis:

Deep within the darkness of secluded forest land in rural Ireland dwells an ancient evil. Feared by the nearby superstitious villagers as cursed creatures who prey upon the lost, their secrets have been kept from civilization and remain on their hallowed ground. But when a conservationist from London moves in with his wife and infant child in order to survey the land for future construction, his actions unwittingly disturb the horde of demonic forces. Alone in a remote wilderness, he must now ensure his family’s survival from their relentless attacks.

Station to Station

Station to Station

Acquired: February 3
By: No domestic distributor yet but “Films We Like label in Canada; Madman Entertainment in Australia & New Zealand; Dogwoof in UK & Ireland; NonStop Entertainmentin Pan-Scandinavia; and Feltrinelli in Italy.”
Purchase Price: NA
Director: Doug Aitken
Starring: NA
Other Info: “A domestic deal will be announced shortly.”
Plot Synopsis:

Sending a burning arrow into the stunting effects that the compartmentalization of culture has on how creativity manifests, visual artist Doug Aitken embarked on an experiment exploring a less materialistic and more nomadic direction of art creation, exhibition, and participation. Station to Station involved a train that crossed North America housing a constantly changing creative community including artists, musicians, and curators, who collaborated in the creation of recordings, artworks, films, and 10 unique happenings, across the country.

finders-keepers

Finders Keepers

Acquired: February 2
By: The Orchard
Purchase Price: NA
Director: Clay Tweel and Bryan Carberry
Starring: John Wood and Shannon Whisnant
Other Info: The Orchard plans a theatrical and digital release in 2015.
Plot Synopsis:

Shannon Whisnant has a nose for a bargain. But when he bought a used grill at a North Carolina auction, the severed human foot he found among its ashes was not part of the deal. Soon the gruesome discovery becomes the toast of the infotainment world, and the new owner spies a golden opportunity to cash in on the media frenzy, until struggling addict and amputee John Wood recognizes his missing member and demands his own foot back. It is the stuff of documentary legend.

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