IFC Films is having a typically busy Sundance, with three high profile acquisitions announced so far. IFC has closed the deal to buy American rights to SIMON KILLER, the controversial psychological thriller by New York wunderkind Antonio Campos. The film stars Brady Corbet as a heartbroken American college grad adrift in Paris after breaking up with his girlfriend who falls in love with a young prostitute. The college boy may seem like an innocent abroad, but we learn he is anything but. Campos is the co-founder of Borderline Films, which produced last year’s Sundance hit MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE. IFC Films was the distributor of Campos’ debut feature, the high school massacre drama AFTERSCHOOL.
IFC has also picked up the rights to actor/director Josh Radnor’s LIBERAL ARTS, about a college grad in his 30s (played by the director) who goes back to his alma mater and becomes involved with a young student, played by “it girl” Elizabeth Olsen. The breezy comedy also stars Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney and Elisabeth Reaser. IFC also picked up rights to the haunted house drama THE PACT, which premiered in the Sundance Midnight section. The company is said to be bidding on several other projects, bringing its winning day-and-date release strategy (in theaters and on VOD on same date) into play.