February 9, 2014
The first international distribution deals for Tim Winton’s The Turning have been concluded at the Berlin Film Festival, while 52 Tuesdays has found a US distributor.
Also, Shoreline Entertainment has acquired international sales rights to The Infinite Man, a time-travel romantic comedy from first-time director Hugh Sullivan.
Russian Report (Russia/CIS), FilmFreak Distribution (Benelux) and Cinesky Pics (world airlines) bought The Turning before its gala screening in Berlin on Sunday night.
Sales agent LevelK began the international sales campaign for the film starring Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Miranda Otto, Richard Roxburgh and Hugo Weaving, in Berlin.
“Commendably ambitious and clocking in at three hours, this unwieldy portmanteau pic boasts a handful of standout contributions — none more striking than the writing-directing debut of actress Mia Wasikowska — amid a surfeit of gauchely literal ones in a composite meditation on forgiveness, family, firearms and the persistence of memory,” said Variety reviewer Guy Lodge.
“Nothing if not a conversation piece, speckled with such famous faces as Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving and Rose Byrne, The Turning has been successfully marketed Down Under as a full-scale cultural event; away from home, it’s destined more for isolated repertory screenings, while its patchwork format is ideally suited to ancillary.”