Production/distribution company Overture made their first deal at Sundance this year by picking up the rights to Ferris Wheel, a drama produced by and starring Charlize Theron, as Erik Davis wrote. They were also involved in exciting news that came out around Cannes: the reuniting of Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro for Righteous Kill. Now Overture has made a splash at Toronto by securing Thomas McCarthy's immigration comedy/drama The Visitor very late Monday night, as reported by Variety's Dade Hays.

Thomas McCarthy is a veteran actor who has found steady work in both television and films. His directorial debut, The Station Agent, won accolades from many after it premiered at Sundance in 2003. Erik Davis was not a fan of the film, as he related when reporting that McCarthy had signed the deal to make The Visitor one year ago. (I haven't seen either film, so I am completely neutral.) Obviously, though, McCarthy has plenty of fans.

The film was touted as a prime acquisition target by columnist Patrick Goldstein of the Los Angeles Timesbefore the festival; the bidding "kicked off not long" after The Visitor's gala public screening on Friday night, according to Variety. Blogging about the deal for Variety, Anne Thompson commented: "A lot of people wanted the picture but weren't willing to overpay for it. Overture stepped up for what will surely be a marketing challenge."

The great supporting actor Richard Jenkins stars in The Visitor as a lonely professor who visits his long-unused Manhattan apartment only to find an undocumented couple living there. John Anderson's Variety review says: "A film that is a combination immigrant/resurrection tale, Visitor tilts toward the soulful rather than the political and could be this year's humanistic indie hit."