The smaller Toronto deals are starting to flow. In addition to IFC's pick-up of Valhalla Rising
and Sony Worldwide Acquisition Group's genre-film buy Defendor,
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired U.S. rights to Samuel Maoz's Venice Golden Lion winner Lebanon
, which is expected to be Israel's submission for the Oscars. The movie is based on Maoz's experience as a tank driver. (SPC acquired Israel's Waltz with Bashir
last year.) And Sundance Selects, IFC-owner Rainbow Media's other theatrical and VOD label, acquired North American rights to Don Argott’s art-world documentary The Art of the Steal,
set for 2010 theatrical release. Both films are set to play the NYFF.
UPDATE: SPC has also acquired North American rights to Get Low, starring Robert Duvall.