Toronto 2011: IFC Films Takes 'Your Sister's Sister' for North America, Latin America
TORONTO -- In its third fall festival pickup, IFC Films has acquired North American and Latin American rights to director Lynn Shelton's touching Emily Blunt comedy Your Sister's Sister.
Shelton's film, also starring Rosemarie DeWitt and Mark Duplass and produced by Steven Schardt, sparked keen interest among U.S. buyers following its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.
IFC Films will release the film in the summer of 2012.
In addition, the film has sold in the U.K. to Studio Canal and in Australia and New Zealand to Madman.
All told, the U.S. and various territories amounted to a $1.5 million price tag. UTA's Independent Film Group represented rights to the film with Josh Braun's Submarine
"We fell in love with Your Sister's Sister, Lynn Shelton's incredibly funny, moving and wise film featuring terrific performances by Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt and Mark Duplass. This will be a traditional release for us, and we look forward to getting it out to the largest possible audience next summer," said Jonathan Sehring, president of Sundance Selects/IFC Films.
Shelton's films offers a different take on love triangles, and tells the story of a distraught man who is still grieving the loss of his brother a year earlier.
He is comforted by his brother's girlfriend, who sends him to her father's cabin on an island in the Puget Sound to face his demons. There, he meets up with the woman's half sister, who also is nursing a wounded heart. But their encounter takes an unexpected turn that first night, only to have Blunt's character show up the next morning.
The deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, senior vice president of acquisitions & productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films, with Submarine and UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers.
Shelton is represented by UTA and Anonymous Content.
Also on Wednesday, IFC Films announced it has acquired Toronto Midnight Madness title Incident, and North American rights to 4:44 Last Day on Earth, the latest pic from Abel Ferrara which premiered at Venice.
IFC Films is a sister division to Sundance Selects and IFC Midnight.