EXCLUSIVE: Glen Basner’s FilmNation has virtually sold out across the world on James Schamus’ directorial debut Indignation. The film, an adaptation of Philip Roth’s novel about a middle class Jewish student from New Jersey attending an Ohio college in the 1950’s, debuted at Sundance to great reviews and a positive audience reaction. The film is also in official selection at the Berlin Film Festival in Panorama. Schamus, Anthony Bregman and actors Logan Lerman and Sarah Gadon will be attending.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group picked up multiple territories, notably Spain, Latin America, East Europe, CIS, India, Benelux and airlines. Village Roadshow acquired the film for Australia and New Zealand; SND took France; X-Filme acquired the film for Germany; Spentzos/Seven bought Greece and Cyprus rights; Bravos acquired Hong Kong; PT Amero took Indonesia; Lev/Shani have Israel/ Videa acquired the film for Italy; Italia has the film for the Middle East; Star TV took pan-Asia rights; Pioneer acquired the film for the Philippines; Lusomondo have Portugal; Svensk acquired Scandinavia rights; Ster Kinekor acquired South Africa; New Entertainment World bought the film for South Korea; Shaw in Singapore; Applause Entertainment in Singapore and Aqua Group in Italy.
The film stars Logan Lerman as a young Jewish student from New Jersey who works in his father’s
kosher butcher shop and escapes his overprotective father and their sheltered family life by heading off to a small Ohio college on scholarship at a time when the Korean War is taking young men in the neighborhood and academia is the best way to avoid being drafted. His life takes a turn when he meets a beguiling but troubled young woman (Sarah Gadon) and an intrusive dean (Tracy Letts). The latter imposes the suffocating morality of the period, the sexual repression and even the feeling of anti-Semitism on campus.
Anthony Bregman, Schamus and Rodrigo Teixeira produced the film through Likely Story and Symbolic Exchange Productions with RT Features and X-filme. Stefanie Azpiazu, Avy Eschenasy, Lourenço Sant’Ann and Jonathan Bronfman are exec producers.
It’s lining up to be another busy market for Basner’s expansive sales and finance outfit FilmNation. The company is on-board Steven Soderbergh’s rumored directorial return from feature retirement starring Channing Tatum. That project has sparked plenty of excitement, amongst buyers and journalists alike. A number of conflicting stories broke late last night, some with inaccurate info. Deadline’s Mike Fleming got things right with the title Logan Lucky and Michael Shannon and Channing Tatum on-board the heist pic. The producers are Mark Johnson and Gregory Jacobs with FilmNation selling international.