Sundance 2016 Acquisitionsby IMDb-Editors | created - 23 Jan 2016 | updated - 31 Jan 2016 | Public
Numerous award-winning films premiered at the Sundance Film Festival including Whiplash and Sex, Lies. and Videotape. The following films that screened at the 2016 festival have been acquired for distribution by a studio or production company. One of them just might be a future Oscar nominee.
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1. Tallulah (2016)
111 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Desperate to be rid of her toddler, a dissatisfied Manhattan housewife hires a stranger to babysit and ends up getting much more than she bargained for.
Netflix acquired worldwide streaming rights to this film.
2. The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)
TV-MA | 97 min | Comedy, Drama
A man suffering a family loss enrolls in a class about care-giving that changes his perspective on life.
Netflix acquired worldwide streaming rights to this film.
3. Complete Unknown (2016)
R | 91 min | Drama, Mystery
As a man contemplates moving to a new state with his wife for her graduate program, an old flame - a woman who often changes identities - reenters his life at a birthday dinner party.
Votes: 5,516 | Gross: $0.17M
Amazon Studios acquired the rights to this drama.
4. Under the Shadow (2016)
PG-13 | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
As a mother and daughter struggle to cope with the terrors of the post-revolution, war-torn Tehran of the 1980s, a mysterious evil begins to haunt their home.
Votes: 21,965 | Gross: $0.03M
Netflix acquired worldwide streaming rights to this Iranian horror film.
5. Weiner (2016)
R | 96 min | Documentary
An examination of disgraced New York Congressman Anthony Weiner's mayoral campaign and today's political landscape.
Votes: 9,481 | Gross: $1.61M
Sundance Selects acquired North American distribution rights to this documentary.
6. Sand Storm (2016)
87 min | Drama
When their entire lives shatter, two Bedouin women struggle to change the unchangeable rules, each in her own individual way.
Votes: 2,809 | Gross: $0.08M
Beta Cinema acquired this film.
7. The Fits (2015)
Not Rated | 72 min | Drama, Music
While training at the gym 11-year-old tomboy Toni becomes entranced with a dance troupe. As she struggles to fit in she finds herself caught up in danger as the group begins to suffer from fainting spells and other violent fits.
Votes: 4,402 | Gross: $0.17M
Oscilloscope Laboratories acquired U.S. distribution rights to this psychodrama. Sundance Channel acquired distribution rights for Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Dutch Benelux, Iberia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa.
8. Eat That Question (2016)
R | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
An in-depth look at the life and work of avant-garde musician, Frank Zappa.
Votes: 1,109 | Gross: $0.35M
This documentary was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics.
9. Little Men (2016)
PG | 85 min | Drama
A new pair of best friends have their bond tested by their parents' battle over a dress shop lease.
Votes: 6,625 | Gross: $0.70M
International sales rights to this film were acquired by Mongrel International.
10. Resilience (II) (2016)
27 min | Documentary, Short, Drama
In a shantytown of Brazil a man refuses to let his physical disability prevent him from living a full life and to fulfill his dream of being able to live with his son.
Brainstorm Media acquired North American distribution rights to this documentary.
11. Love & Friendship (2016)
PG | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Lady Susan Vernon takes up temporary residence at her in-laws' estate and, while there, is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica -- and herself too, naturally.
Votes: 22,326 | Gross: $14.01M
Amazon Studios partnered with Roadside Attractions to acquire U.S. rights to this movie.
Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Music
A look at the life of the late pop star Michael Jackson from his early days at Motown Records to the release of his hit 1979 album, Off the Wall.
This documentary will premiere Feb. 5 on Showtime.
13. Between Sea and Land (2016)
98 min | Drama
A man yearns to go in to the ocean across the street from his house, but suffers from an illness that prevents hims from doing so.
Global Screen acquired distribution rights to this Spanish-language film.
14. Manchester by the Sea (2016)
R | 137 min | Drama
A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies.
Votes: 234,219 | Gross: $47.70M
Amazon Studios acquired U.S. rights to this film.
15. Morris from America (2016)
R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
The romantic and coming-of-age misadventures of a 13-year-old American living in Germany.
Votes: 4,948 | Gross: $0.09M
A24 acquired the rights to this film.
16. Audrie & Daisy (2016)
Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary
A look at the effects that online bullying has on the lives of teenagers and their community.
Netflix acquired the rights to this documentary about teen cyberbullying.
PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary
Werner Herzog's exploration of the Internet and the connected world.
Votes: 11,554 | Gross: $0.59M
Magnolia Pictures acquired the worldwide rights to Werner Herzog‘s latest documentary.
18. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
PG-13 | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.
Votes: 101,732 | Gross: $5.20M
The Orchard acquired the North American rights to this drama.
19. Wiener-Dog (2016)
R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama
A dachshund passes from oddball owner to oddball owner, whose radically dysfunctional lives are all impacted by the pooch.
Votes: 8,962 | Gross: $0.45M
Amazon Studios acquired the U.S. rights to Todd Solondz's latest film.
20. The Birth of a Nation (2016)
R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History
Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher in the antebellum South, orchestrates an uprising.
Votes: 19,445 | Gross: $15.86M
Fox Searchlight paid $17.5 million, a record high for a Sundance acquisition for this historical drama about the slave rebellion led by Nat Turner.
21. Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016)
R | 110 min | Documentary, Biography
The story behind literary persona JT LeRoy, the fictional writer created by American author Laura Albert.
Votes: 1,044 | Gross: $0.09M
Amazon Studios acquired this documentary about a notorious literary fraud.
22. Indignation (2016)
R | 110 min | Drama, Romance
In 1951, Marcus, a working-class Jewish student from New Jersey, attends a small Ohio college, where he struggles with sexual repression and cultural disaffection, amid the ongoing Korean War.
Votes: 11,155 | Gross: $3.40M
Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment acquired the rights to this drama.
23. The Intervention (I) (2016)
R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama
A weekend getaway for four couples takes a sharp turn when one of the couples discovers the entire trip was orchestrated to host an intervention on their marriage.
Votes: 5,557 | Gross: $0.03M
Paramount acquired the rights to actress Clea Duvall's directorial debut.
24. Brahman Naman (2016)
95 min | Comedy
A champion college quizzing team try to win the all-India finals and lose their virginities.
Netflix acquired worldwide streaming rights to this Indian comedy.
25. Sleight (2016)
R | 89 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
A young street magician (Jacob Latimore) is left to care for his little sister after their parents' passing, and turns to illegal activities to keep a roof over their heads. When he gets in... See full summary »
Votes: 7,574 | Gross: $3.85M
Blumhouse and WWE films acquired this drama.
26. Mammal (2016)
Unrated | 96 min | Drama, Romance
Portrait of a contemporary woman living in Dublin. Margaret handles in a very sensitive way- how difficult it is for a mother to grieve the death of a child, even if they are estranged.
Sundance Channel acquired distribution rights to this film for Central and Eastern Europe, Iberia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa.
27. Jacqueline Argentine (2016)
Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller
This mockumentary follows an unnamed director and narrator (Wyatt Cenac) down to Argentina, where he's filming Jacqueline, who claims to be blowing the whistle on a plot to assassinate an Arab politician.
Sundance Channel acquired distribution rights to this film for for Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Dutch Benelux, Iberia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa.
28. Spa Night (2016)
Unrated | 93 min | Drama
A closeted Korean-American teenager takes a job at a Korean spa to help his struggling family, only to discover an underground world of gay sex at the spa that both scares and excites him.
Votes: 1,017 | Gross: $0.04M
Sundance Channel acquired distribution rights to this film for Dutch Benelux, Central and Eastern Europe, Iberia and Latin America.
29. My Friend from the Park (2015)
86 min | Drama
Running away from a bar without paying the bill is just the first adventure for Liz (mother to newborn Nicanor) and Rosa (supposed mother to newborn Clarisa). This budding friendship ... See full summary »
Sundance Channel acquired distribution rights to this film for Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Dutch Benelux, Iberia, and the Middle East and North Africa.
30. Gleason (2016)
R | 110 min | Documentary
After he is diagnosed with ALS, former professional football player Steve Gleason begins making a video diary for his unborn son, as he, his wife, and their friends and family work to raise money for ALS patients as his disease progresses.
Votes: 2,432 | Gross: $0.58M
Amazon Studios acquired all U.S. rights to this documentary and will partner with Open Road Films to co-release it in theaters this summer.
31. Goat (2016)
R | 96 min | Drama
Reeling from a terrifying assault, a 19 year-old enrolls into college with his brother and pledges the same fraternity. What happens there in the name of "brotherhood" tests him and his loyalty to his brother in brutal ways.
Votes: 7,201 | Gross: $0.02M
Paramount Home Video and MTV Films acquired worldwide distribution rights to this drama.
32. The Lovers & the Despot (2016)
Unrated | 98 min | Documentary, Thriller
The story of the South Korean actor, Choi Eun-hee, and her ex-husband and film director, Shin Sang-ok, who were individually kidnapped and reunited by dictator and film fan Kim Jong-il to force them to develop North Korea's film industry.
Votes: 896 | Gross: $0.06M
Magnolia Pictures has acquired worldwide distribution rights to this documentary.
33. Swiss Army Man (2016)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A hopeless man stranded on a deserted island befriends a dead body and together they go on a surreal journey to get home.
Votes: 100,883 | Gross: $4.21M
A24 acquired U.S. distribution rights to this film.