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Last night Fox Searchlight announced from Toronto it has bought the U.S. rights to Steve McQueen‘s latest, Shame.

Starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, the drama, which is screening at the fest, follows New Yorker Brandon (Fassbender) who shuns intimacy with women but feeds his desires with a compulsive addiction to sex. However, when his wayward younger sister (Carey Mulligan) moves into his apartment stirring memories of their shared painful past, Brandon’s insular life spirals out of control.

The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival and according to the release Searchlight plans to open Shame before the year ends. This likely adds to the distributor’s award season contenders that are also screening at TIFF this week, Martha Marcy May Marlene and The Descendants.

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