In one of the major deals brokered during the Sundance Film Festival last week, Fox Searchlight Pictures acquired the worldwide distribution rights to “Adam,” a film by Max Mayer.

Searchlight President Peter Rice announced the deal Jan. 20.The film, an unconventional love story starring Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne, will be released some time in 2009, according to Rice.

“Adam’ has deeply satisfying and romantic storytelling, pitch perfect performances and the discovery of a new American filmmaker,” he said. “This is what Sundance is all about.”

This is Mayer’s first feature-length motion-picture. He also wrote the script for the film, about a lonely, awkward man who develops a relationship with his upstairs neighbor. It received the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at Sundance, which is awarded every year to a feature film which focuses on science or technology as a theme, or features a scientist, engineer or mathematician as a major character. Mayer said that he was very pleased with the film’s reception at Sundance.

“Before today, I’d seen ‘Adam’ a few times in groups of six or eight friends,” he said. “Hearing an audience of 1400 strangers take the movie into their collective hearts this afternoon was overwhelming, humbling and incredibly gratifying.”

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Emma Johnson is a Blast Magazine critic whose work has appeared in The Boston Globe

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