EXCLUSIVE: The dealmaking has begun. Searchlight Footage closed the primary main deal on the bottom on the Sundance Movie Competition — $10 million for WW rights for A Actual Ache, directed and written by Jesse Eisenberg. He stars with freshly minted Emmy profitable Succession star Kieran Culkin as mismatched cousins David and Benji. They reunite for a tour of Poland to honor their grandmother, however older tensions resurface towards the backdrop of their household’s historical past. The movie will get a giant theatrical launch later this yr.

Pic additionally stars Jennifer Gray, Will Sharpe, Kurt Egyiawan (Beasts of No Nation), Liza Sadovy (“A Small Light”), and Daniel Oreskes (Solely Murders within the Constructing). and it’s produced by Subject and Fruit Tree, with Ali Herting, Dave McCary, Ewa Puszczynska, Jennifer Semler, Eisenberg and Emma Stone all producing. The movie, taking part in within the US Dramatic Competitors, has been a buzz title coming in and bidding buzz has mounted since its premiere yesterday at Eccles.

Deal was brokered by CAA Media Finance and WME. It was a correct all-nighter public sale, a throwback to years previous in Sundance. Quite a few bidders have been within the combine. Searchlight execs Paul Hoffman and Chan Phung brokered the deal.

“We are blown away by Jesse’s vision and craft in telling this hilarious and profound film,” mentioned Searchlight Presidents Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum. “He tells a deeply personal story and makes it universal. We can’t wait to bring it to audiences around the world.”

Eisenberg added, “Making A Real Pain was a true labor of love, and it has been so thrilling to premiere at Sundance. I couldn’t be more honored to work with Searchlight and to bring this story to a wider audience.”

“We could not be more proud of Jesse and this beautiful film, and are absolutely thrilled to re-team with David, Matthew and our friends at Searchlight on its release,” mentioned Ryan Heller, EVP of Movie and Documentary at Subject Studios.

Stated the Fruit Tree camp: “We are the utmost believers in Jesse as a creative voice and were thrilled to collaborate again on his second film with such ambitious scope and themes. To have another friend and beloved collaborator on board in Kieran Culkin was more than we can ask for, as working with the amazing team at Searchlight.”

Searchlight is in enterprise with Stone proper now on the Oscar contending Yorgos Lanthimos-directed Golden Lion and Golden Globe winner Poor Issues; and Andrew Haigh’s critically acclaimed romantic drama All of Us Strangers. Searchlight world premiering at Sundance the Laura Chinn-directed Suncoast, starring Laura Linney, Nico Parker, and Woody Harrelson. Searchlight has a protracted report of tapping Sundance gems from Napoleon Dynamite to final yr’s offers for Theater Camp and Journal Goals, the latter undone not due to the movie’s high quality and performances, however due to star Jonathan Majors’ authorized issues.

There was quite a lot of enthusiasm for a lot of movies that premiered within the fest’s opening body, with extra to come back at this time. Extra speak of offers than I’ve heard at this level within the pageant, in a number of years. Unsure there’s going to be a report breaker just like the $25 million Apple paid for eventual Greatest Image Oscar winner CODA, however quite a lot of these movies will discover houses. Likely gained’t promote till patrons and sellers go house, as a result of the dealmaking tempo is way more deliberate than previously as a result of you may recognize the artistry of a movie, however you must make sure you may promote it and launch it and make some cash. But it surely’s time in Park Metropolis.