Variety reports that IFC paid $1.5 million for U.S. rights, which is steep for IFC, which has done prior business with producer Andrew Eaton and foreign sales agent Wild Bunch.
Distribs who I talked to said they would ask Winterbottom for cuts before considering a pick-up. But IFC has no such plans. "For now, we are planning on uncut theatrical and vod," writes one IFC executive in an e-mail, "but we still have to talk with michael and producers." The film will also screen at the Berlin Film Festival in February. Winterbottom's other Sundance entry, The Shock Doctrine, a documentary adaptation of the book by Naomi Klein, is on video-on-demand at Sundance Selects.
Mark Olsen defends Winterbottom.