Hurray for U.S. distribution! Those ever-elusive Weinstein boys have acquired the U.S. rights toLike Minds, the Aussie/British thriller produced for roughly $8 million. Pic, which will make its worldwide debut at the Melbourne International Film Festival, stars Toni Colette as a forensic psychologist who is assigned by cops to determine whether there is enough evidence to charge a 17-year-old in the shotgun death of his schoolmate. Written and directed by Gregory Read, the film also stars Richard Roxburgh and newcomer Tom Sturridge. No word yet on when Like Minds will head our way.
In related news, Zietgist Films have snatched up all U.S. rights to Iklimler (The Climate). The Turkish-French production, which took home the Fipresci Award at this year's Cannes Festival, is a deep relationship drama that revolves around a husband and wife (played by real-life spouses Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Ebru Ceylan) and their deteriorating marriage. Written and directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, pic was shot entirely on HD video with plans to debut it here in the States sometime this fall.