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TIFF Deals: Sundance Selects Takes Winterbottom's Trishna; Hot Sales on Gosling-Cooper's Pines

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood September 15, 2011 at 9:34AM

Michael Winterbottom's Tess of the D'Urbervilles adaptation, Trishna, has gone to Sundance Selects for North American distribution. They call it his "most beautiful and sensual" film. Starring Freida Pinto and Riz Ahmed, it is a modern take on the classic. Synopsis is below. Winterbottom wrote and directed the film, and previously worked with Sundance Selects on his films The Killer Inside Me and The Trip.
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Michael Winterbottom's Tess of the D'Urbervilles adaptation, Trishna, has gone to Sundance Selects for North American distribution. They call it his "most beautiful and sensual" film. Starring Freida Pinto and Riz Ahmed, it is a modern take on the classic. Synopsis is below. Winterbottom wrote and directed the film, and previously worked with Sundance Selects on his films The Killer Inside Me and The Trip.

Bankside Films (who financed with the UK Film Council) oversees international distribution, with the following territories set: Madman (Australia and New Zealand), Bac Films (France), Shooting Stars (Middle East), and Video Vision (South Africa) obtained rights to the film.

Based on Thomas Hardy's classic novel Tess of the D'Urbervilles, TRISHNA tells the story of one woman whose life is destroyed by a combination of love and circumstances. Set in contemporary Rajasthan, Trishna (Pinto) meets a wealthy young British businessman, Jay Singh (Ahmed) who has come to India to work in his father's hotel business. After an accident destroys her father's Jeep, Trishna goes to work for Jay, and they fall in love. But despite their feelings for each other, they cannot escape the conflicting pressures of a rural society which is changing rapidly through industrialization, urbanization and, above all, education. Trishna's tragedy is that she is torn between the traditions of her family life and the dreams and ambitions that her education has given her.

It's no surprise that Sierra Affinity's pre-sales are torrid on the currently filming Ryan Gosling-Bradley Cooper teaming The Place Beyond The Pines, with Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance at the helm and co-stars Rose Byrne, Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta and Ben Mendelsohn. THR reports that UK, France, Spain and "deals for virtually every remaining territory," are already locked. Why? It looks like an indie/Hollywood hybrid.

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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.