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Sundance 2011: Roadside embraces 'The Future'

January 28, 2011 | 12:33 pm

Indie darling Miranda July has seen her bit of surrealism, "The Future," sold to Roadside Attractions.

It's the company's third acquisition of the Sundance Film Festival, after co-acquisitions for Kevin Spacey's Wall Street drama "Margin Call" (with Lionsgate) and James Marsh's science-tinged doc "Project Nim" (with HBO).

The company, which last year bought "Winter's Bone" in Park City, Utah, plans to release the movie later in 2011. United Talent Agency represented the filmmakers in the sale.

July's film, her first since her breakout "Me and You and Everyone We Know" six years ago, alternates between the perspectives of an ownerless cat and the 30-something couple prepared to adopt her. July stars opposite Hamish Linklater; the film also dabbles in science-fiction and time-bending genres.

Also on Friday, Focus Features acquired rights to "Pariah," Dee Rees' debut that opened the festival.

--Steven Zeitchik in Park City, Utah

Photo: Miranda July and Hamish Linklater in 'The Future.'  Credit: Sundance Film Festival