For all its buzzworthy movies, the Tribeca Film Festival hasn't yielded a major movie sale since 2005's Transamerica starring Felicity Huffman. Apparently the New York-based festival just doesn't do as many big deals as some other festivals, so when there is buzz about a sale, people pay attention. That's what's happening right now with a movie called The Eclipse.
The film is said to have three studios currently competing to buy it (Lionsgate, Magnolia and Roadside). The movie, set in an Irish town, centers on a widowed man named Michael (Ciarán Hinds, Munich) who believes he is seeing ghosts. When he volunteers at his town's annual literary festival, he becomes smitten with a horror fiction writer named Lena (Iben Hjejle, High Fidelity) but "finds himself competing for her attentions with internationally acclaimed author Nicholas (Aidan Quinn), also in town to plug his latest best seller and reclaim the girl he can't get out of his head."
New York called this movie by Irish playwright Conor McPherson a "startlingly moving drama" where the personal stories are "intriguingly interrupted by the supernatural."
I love both Hinds and Quinn and can't wait to get a peek at this movie. There's no trailer up yet — bet that'll change if this deal gets done — but I've got a few photos stills from the movie that you can check out if you read more.