EXCLUSIVE– Curzon Artificial Eye has acquired Charlie Kaufman’s buzzy stop-motion Anomalisa for the UK. While Paramount’s Toronto deal for the buzzy pic was one of the few deal highlights of what has proven to be a very slow domestic market, the Curzon deal gives the well-respected distrib-exhib an awards contender straight off the bat. It represents a canny buy for the UK company, who moved quickly and quietly to acquire the title soon after its Venice screening. They now appear to have one of the most eagerly-anticipated speciality titles on their hands and one that seems well-suited to Curzon’s prestigious brand.
Hanway is handing international sales. The two companies have a good relationship, doing business earlier in the year on A Storm In The Stars, which charts the love affair between poet Percy Shelley and the teenage Mary Wollstonecraft, which resulted in Mary Shelley writing Frankenstein. Elle Fanning and Douglas Booth star and Saudi director Haifaa Al-Mansour at the helm.
Anomalisa‘s typically off-centre logline: Michael Stone, husband, father and respected author of “How May I Help You Help Them?,” is a man crippled by the mundanity of his life. On a business trip to Cincinnati, where he’s scheduled to speak at a convention of customer service professionals, he checks into the Fregoli Hotel. There, he is amazed to discover a possible escape from his desperation in the form of an unassuming Akron baked goods sales rep, Lisa, who may or may not be the love of his life.