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Toronto 2010: Indie movies continue to find homes

September 15, 2010 | 11:19 am

Buyers continue to be eager for films in Toronto, with a trio of deals coming together in the past 12 hours.

Robert Redford's "The Conspirator," the legal drama and morality play set in the days after the Lincoln assassination, has gone to a pair of distributors, Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate, who will divide up release of the film.

There are strongly hailed performances from leads Robin Wright and James McAvoy in the movie (she plays accused assassination conspirator Mary Suratt; he plays her Union veteran attorney). But seller CAA had said all along it didn't believe the film would get turned around for a quick awards campaign in the fall, and indeed, the film won't come out until 2011.

James Wan's horror film "Insidious," which had been circled by several distributors since its well-received premiere Tuesday, was bought by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group. The company had been quiet at the festival until recently, after making a splash under former exec Peter Schlessel at recent fests.

Meanwhile, the Weinstein Co. has picked up the Welsh comedy/coming-of-age story "Submarine," marking their second buy at Toronto.  Buyers continue to circle Werner Herzog's "Cave of Forgotten Dreams," with a deal expected to close soon.

--Steven Zeitchik


Photo: "The Conspirator." Credit: American Film Co.

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