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Weinstein Co. picks up 'A Single Man'

September 16, 2009 |  9:57 am

SingleManStory Variety is reporting that the Weinstein Co. has purchased the U.S. and German rights to Tom Ford's "A Single Man." The buy is the first significant purchase of the Toronto International Film Festival, which is described in the article as a "dealmaking logjam," with no major purchases prior to the Weinstein move on Monday. The Weinstein deal came after the film's premiere that day, which was populated with distributors. A round-the-clock negotiating session between Weinstein and Ford's reps at Creative Artists Agency resulted in the film's pick-up for a limited 2009 run for Oscar qualification. A more substantial theatrical release will follow in 2010.

Adapted from the novel by Christopher Isherwood, "Single Man" stars Colin Firth as a gay man dealing with the loss of his partner in 1964. Firth won the Volpi Cup at this year's Venice Film Festival for his performance.

-- Paul Gaita

Photo: Colin Firth, left, and Matthew Goode star in "A Single Man." Credit: Toronto International Film Festival