Sundance romance-drama Photograph, from The Lunchbox director Ritesh Batra, has pre-sold to key markets for The Match Factory, we can reveal.
Deals have closed in UK (Curzon), Australia/New Zealand (Madman), France (Le Pacte), Germany (NFP), Greece (Seven), Hungary (Cirko), Italy (BIM), Spain (Vertigo), Switzerland (Filmcoopi) and Turkey (Filmarti).
The anticipated Hindi-language film, which debuts at the Utah fest this weekend before moving on to Berlin, follows a struggling street photographer, pressured to marry by his grandmother, who convinces a shy stranger to pose as his fiancée. The pair develops a connection that transforms them both in unexpected ways.
The Mumbai-set pic stars Sanya Malhotra (Dangal) and Lunchbox alumni Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Producers include Batra, Viola Fügen, Neil Kopp, Michel Merkt, Vincent Savino, Anish Savjani, and The Match Factory’s Michael Weber. Batra also scripts.
Amazon boarded U.S. rights at an early stage and will also release in Japan and India. Batra tweeted this week that the film would be getting a theatrical release in India from March 8.
After the huge critical success of 2013 romance-drama The Lunchbox, Batra went on to make Robert Redford-starrer Our Souls At Night and UK pic The Sense of an Ending.