Toronto 2010: Focus buys Mike Mills’ ‘Beginners’


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Focus Features has made its first acquisition of the Toronto International Film Festival, acquiring U.S. and select international rights to Mike Mills’ sophomore feature, ‘Beginners.’

The movie, from the director of the indie darling ‘Thumbsucker,’ looks at the crucible faced by a man (Ewan McGregor) after his 71-year-old father comes out of the closet. The deal continues a flood of acquisitions at Toronto, which has seen nearly every specialty and independent distributor get in on the action.


Among the films acquired in recent days are the Rainn Wilson-starrer ‘Super,’ the Nicole Kidman-led drama ‘Rabbit Hole’ and Robert Redford’s period morality play, ‘The Conspirator.’

Focus had come to Toronto with the off-kilter coming-of-age take ‘It’s Kind of a Funny Story,’ directed by Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden and starring Zach Galifianakis, but had not previously picked up a film.

-- Steven Zeitchik


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