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Music Box Does 'Penance,' by Kiyoshi Kurosawa; IFC Takes 'Lucky Them,' Starring Toni Collette

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 9, 2013 at 2:01PM

A couple different acquisitions coming in. IFC Films has snapped up rights to "Lucky Them," starring Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church; the film, directed by Megan Griffiths, premiered at TIFF. And Music Box has nabbed Kiyoshi Kurosawa's ("Cure," "Charisma") five-episode eerie psychological thriller series "Penance."
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"Penance"
"Penance"

A couple different acquisitions coming in. IFC Films has snapped up rights to "Lucky Them," starring Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church; the film, directed by Megan Griffiths, premiered at TIFF. And Music Box has nabbed Kiyoshi Kurosawa's ("Cure," "Charisma") five-episode eerie psychological thriller series "Penance." 

Here's the synopsis for "Lucky Them":

"Lucky Them"
"Lucky Them"

LUCKY THEM follows Ellie Klug (Toni Collette), an unconventional rock journalist who dates musicians.  She is given the important assignment of exploring her own past by her magazine's editor (Oliver Platt). Joined by eccentric would-be documentarian Charlie (Thomas Haden Church), Ellie sets out on an emotional treasure hunt in order to finally rid herself of her "ghosts" and get on with life.

And "Penance":

PENANCE begins on a quiet playground when a mysterious stranger approaches a group of young girls, then kidnaps and brutally murders one of them.  Wracked with grief, the victim’s unhinged mother demands that the survivors identify the killer or face a penance of her choosing.  Growing up in the shadow of this tragic debt, each of the four women cultivates a warped survival mechanism – avoidance, desperation, fear, or obsession.  A disturbing, sensitively helmed chronicle of post-traumatic stress from a female perspective, PENANCE offers Kurosawa’s trademark creepy twists as well as a subtle commentary on Japanese society and gender expectations.

Music Box is eyeing a summer 2014 theatrical release for "Penance" (which currently clocks in at about 4.5 hours), followed by VOD; no word on release plans for "Lucky Them."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.