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Why Are Movies With Big Stars Struggling to Score U.S. Distribution Deals?

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Small Things Like These,” based on the novella by Claire Keegan, opened the Berlin Film Festival, scored solid reviews for both Murphy’s quietly intense starring role and Emily Watson’s turn as a tyrannical nun (a performance that won her the Golden Bear).

Yet a domestic deal for the film — which Murphy also produced for his new Big Things Films banner — has yet to be announced by FilmNation.

But “Small Things Like These” is just part of a growing new trend of starry indie titles that are struggling — or at least taking much longer than usual — to secure a U.S.

sale. Also screening in Berlin, Alonso Ruizpalacios’ “La Cocina,” starring Rooney Mara, was one of the festival highlights, with HanWay selling out internationally.

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