Adam B. Vary
January 24, 2012 AT 07:24 AM EST

As the fifth day of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival came to a close, the sales market sparked to life with Fox Searchlight’s purchase of global distribution rights to The Surrogate, for $6 million, sources close to the deal tell EW. The drama, which premiered Monday afternoon, stars John Hawkes (a supporting actor nominee for Winter’s Bone) as a poet confined to an iron lung who, at 38, decides with the counsel of a priest (William H. Macy) to lose his virginity to a sex surrogate (Helen Hunt). Based on the work of the late Mark O’Brien, the film was written and directed by Ben Lewin (Georgia).

Check out my interview with the cast and director of the film below: 

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