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Toronto Film Festival: A repeat for Danny Boyle and Darren Aronofsky?

The directors' latest films — Boyle's '127 Hours' and Aronofsky's 'Black Swan' — created a stir at the festival, much like 'Slumdog Millionaire' and 'The Wrestler' did two years ago.

September 20, 2010|By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times

In a feverish final weekend, Focus Features picked up Mike Mills' dramedy "Beginners," Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions teamed up to buy the Will Ferrell drama "Everything Must Go" (after previously joining to buy Robert Redford's morality play "The Conspirator") and IFC took the dysfunctional-family comedy "Peep World."

Meanwhile, Oscilloscope went home with the dark Finnish comedy "Rare Exports," adding to its earlier pickup of critical favorite "Meek's Cutoff," a western-flavored bit of art-house atmospherics. The Weinstein Co. bought two movies earlier in the festival, the Welsh coming-of-age dramedy "Submarine" and the '80s American coming-of-age comedy "Dirty Girl," while Sony Pictures Classics took prizewinner "Incendies" and the Paul Giamatti dramedy "Barney's Version."

"The success of some films that had been considered challenging has emboldened some distributors. And the lack of heavy bidding has made it easier to make deals," Gilula said. "The business is balancing out."

steve.zeitchik@latimes.com

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