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Kelly Reilly and Brendan Gleeson in "Calvary." Courtesy Jonathan Hession | Sundance Institute
“Calvary,” other Sundance films get movie deals

The Sundance dramedy, "Calvary," is the latest festival film to secure a distribution deal.

The movie by John Michael McDonagh was bought by Fox Searchlight Films, according to Hollywood news services, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.

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In the film, Brendan Gleeson stars as a priest who is threatened by a confessioner and has one week to make peace with God and his family. The film was bought for $2.5 million, according to Variety.

Fox Searchlight also purchased the science-fiction film, "I Origins," for a reported $3 million, according to Variety. The film, starring Brit Marling, involves a biology student in eye evolution who falls in love with a woman.

Meanwhile, Zach Braff’s Kickstarter-funded "Wish I Was Here," was purchased by Focus Features for about $2.75 million, according to both trade publications.

The movie stars Braff ("Scrubbs" and "Garden State") as a man dealing with issues in his life including his father, his wife and a failing acting career. Braff partially funded the movie through the Kickstarter website but received much criticism for it by those who felt the celebrity didn’t need to use a crowd-funded resource to finance his film.

­— Vince Horiuchi



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