When I came out of last night’s Holiday Village screening of Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, who do I see jabbering on his cell phone over in the corner but Harvey Weinstein? I waved; he waved back. A few minutes later he was standing outside in the cold air, coatless and still jabbering away, when I left for the Bottle Shock screening at the Library.
Entertainment Weekly critic Owen Gleiberman, Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired director Marina Zenovich at Friday night’s after-party at the MIcrosoft House.
Just before this morning’s 9 am screening of Perros Come Perros, a brilliant if viciously brutal Columbian crime flick, an IFC guy told me he heard that the Polanski film had been bought late Friday evening. I toldl him that the film’s director, Marina Zenovich, hadn’t mentioned a buy when we spoke last night around 11 pm, but then she’s not in sales.
A little more than an hour later — 10 am Sundance time — the news broke that the Weinstein Co. had picked up all international rights for a figure in the low six digits. Domestic rights are still in play. Variety‘s Anne Thompson wrote this morning that the Weinstein Co. and Focus Features are among the bidders.