Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions pre-bought rights in the U.S. and other territories for the untitled Sebastian Silva thriller starring Michael Cera (Superbad), Juno Temple (Dirty Girl), Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) and Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace). The film is written and directed by Silva, whose film The Maid won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globes two years ago. SPWA’s deal includes rights in Canada, Latin America, Scandinavia, South Africa and Eastern Europe. The story revolves around a young American woman (Temple) vacationing with friends in a remote part of Chile. There, she begins to mentally unravel and enters into a world of disturbing landscapes and crushing terror. The project is currently in pre-production with principal photography slated for early this year.
SPWA’s EVP Business Affairs Michael Helfand and Acquisitions Director Lejo Pet along with The Exchange’s Brian O’Shea and Laura Ivey, as well as UTA’s Rich Klubeck, Bec Smith and Jacqui Schock negotiated the deal. The Exchange is selling all international territories of the film along with Marina Fuentes of 6 Sales. The film is produced by Frida Torresblanco (Pan’s Labyrinth) of Braven Films, which is also fully financing the film; Christine Vachon (Far From Heaven) of Killer Films; and Mike White (Nacho Libre) and David Bernad (Enlightened) of Rip Cord Productions.
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