Mubi Buys Ben Whishaw Film ‘Passages’ – Deadline

Mubi has taken the U.S., UK, Ireland and Latin America on the Ira Sachs directed title Passages which made its world premiere in the premiere section of this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

In contemporary Paris, German filmmaker Tomas (Franz Rogowski) embraces his sexuality through a torrid love affair with a young woman named Agathe (Palme d’Or-winner Adèle Exarchopoulos), an impulse that blurs the lines which define his relationship with his husband, Martin (Ben Whishaw). When Martin begins an extramarital affair of his own, he successfully gains back his husband’s attention while simultaneously unearthing Tomas’ jealousy. Grappling with contradicting emotions, Tomas must either embrace the confines of his marriage or come to terms with the relationship having run its course.


Pic is produced by Saïd Ben Saïd (Elle, Bacarau) and Michel Merkt (Toni Erdmann). Passages will have its International Premiere in the Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section next month. Passages off eight reviews notched 100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

For me to find a home with a company and a group of people who love this film as much as they do — and maybe even more importantly, love the kind of cinema that has been most important to me in my creative life — is a dream come true,” said Sachs.  “It’s exciting for the film to begin this next chapter with MUBI. I feel the future is full of possibilities.”

WME Independent and SBS International brokered the deal with MUBI. Sachs is repped by WME and Fusion Entertainment.

Deadline told you first about a string of Sundance pick-ups from this year’s fest including Netflix’s $20M acquisition of Fair Play, Searchlight’s $8M grab of Theater Camp and Apple’s $25M+ pick-up of John Carney’s Flora and Son.

Sachs was previously at Sundance with the premiere of Love Is Strange starring John Lithgow, Alfred Molina and Marisa Tomei.

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