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

by Sophia Savage
September 15, 2011 9:34 AM
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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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