PARK CITY - Sci-fi-tinged dramas "Another Earth" and "Perfect Sense" are the two latest Sundance premieres to find distributors as part of this winter's robust acquisitions market.
Fox Searchlight, spectacularly busy this week, has acquired English-speaking territorial rights to "Another Earth," playing in the U.S. Dramatic Competition.
Directed by Mike Cahill and written by Cahill and Brit Marling, the drama focuses on an astrophysics student and a composer whose lives are intertwined by tragedy and a key discovery about the cosmos.
In addition to writing the script, Marling also stars along with William Mapother, Jordan Baker, Robin Lord Taylor and Flint Beverage.
"There are haunting yet touching and beautiful elements in Brit Marling and Mike Cahill’s first feature.  Brit's performance is a revelation," state  Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley. "We are excited to be working with such extraordinarily talented filmmakers."
Adds Cahill, "Fox Searchlight has proven to be the true champion of the auteur filmmaker, and I am honored to work with them and hope this is just the beginning."
Fox Searchlight's Sundance shopping spree has already included "Homework" and "Martha Marcy May Marlene."
Also aggressive this week, IFC Films has acquired North American rights to David Mackenzie's "Perfect Sense," a romantic drama about a world in which people begin to lose control over their emotions and over their senses. Ewan McGregor and Eva Green co-star.
"'Perfect Sense' is a beautiful and sexy love story brought to life by the wonderfully appealing performances of Ewan MacGregor and Eva Green," states Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films. "We look forward to working with them and David Mackenzie to bring this haunting apocalyptic story of the world gone wrong to American audiences."
Adds Rikke Ennis of producers Trust Nordisk, "'Perfect Sense' is a film where you feel like hugging your dear ones after seeing it. I couldn´t imagine a better partner than IFC Films and we are very excited to see the reactions from the American audiences."
IFC Films also acquired "The Ledge" at Sundance.
A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.