‘Palm Springs’ Breaks Sundance Sales Record by 69 Cents; A24 Nabs Miranda July’s Latest

January 31, 2020 by Nick Nadel

The 2020 Sundance Film Festival is winding down, but some big sales and premieres are still happening. (Leave it to Andy Samberg to turn the biggest sale in Sundance history into a racy gag.) Read on for some breaking news from the final days of the festival.

  • The Atlantic praises Zola, The Nowhere Inn, Dick Johnson Is Dead and other Sundance films from breakout female directors
  • Variety notes the Andy Samberg comedy Palm Springs has set the record for the biggest sale ever at Sundance, going to Hulu and Neon for $17.5 million… and 69 cents. Nate Parker’s controversial drama The Birth of a Nation, the previous record holder which sold to Fox Searchlight for $17.5 million in 2016, now trails Palm Springs by less than a buck.
  • Deadline reports that Magnolia and Topic Studios are closing a seven-figure deal for The Fight, a documentary on the immigration battle between the ACLU and President Donald Trump.
  • Vulture talks to Alison Brie about how Horse Girl, the film she cowrote with director Jeff Baena, is based on her family’s history of mental illness.
  • Hollywood Reporter has good news for Miranda July fans: A24 is in talks to acquire Kajillionaire, the writer/director’s latest film about a family of con artists.
  • Indiewire praises Amy Ryan’s “ferocious and furious” performance in the true crime drama Lost Girls.
  • Thrillist includes The Assistant, Crip Camp, The 40-Year-Old Version and The Nest on their list of the best films at Sundance.
  • NY Post says the Sundance thriller Spree will make you think twice before taking an Uber.

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