Tribeca Film Nabs Rights to James Franco-Emma Roberts Starrer 'Palo Alto'

"Palo Alto"
"Palo Alto"

Tribeca Film has acquired North American rights to the Emma Roberts-James Franco starrer Palo Alto.

Written and directed by Gia Coppola and based on Franco's short story collection of the same name, the film also stars Jack Kilmer, Nat Wolff, Zoe Levin and Val Kilmer.

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The film, which screened at the Venice Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival, is being readied for a spring 2014 theatrical release.

Palo Alto weaves together three stories of teenage lust, boredom and self-destruction, including one centered on shy, sensitive April (Roberts), torn between an illicit flirtation with her soccer coach (Franco) and an unrequited crush on sweet stoner Teddy (Kilmer). The second story centers on Emily (Levin), who offers sexual favors to any boy who crosses her path. The third story revolves around the increasingly dangerous exploits of Teddy and his best friend, Fred (Wolff), whose behavior may or may not be sociopathic.

The film, which marks Coppola's directorial debut, is a James Franco and Rabbit Bandini Productions presentation, produced by Sebastian Pardo, Adriana Rotaru, Miles Levy and Vince Jolivette.

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"Gia Coppola's auspicious filmmaking debut Palo Alto is an elegant depiction of generational angst and despair, which resonates with realism and restraint," Tribeca Film chief creative officer Geoff Gilmore said. "Fueled by a vibrant cast of young talent, Coppola's artistic collaboration with James Franco results in a thoughtful and subtly intertwined coming-of-age story."

The film features an original soundtrack by Devonte Hynes (Blood Orange) and Robert Schwartzman.

"[Tribeca is] a company that has been a pleasure to partner with and share creative ideas in this ever evolving film industry," Coppola said. "I can't think of a better home for my film."

The deal was negotiated for Tribeca Film by Nick Savva. Attorneys Barry Hirsch and George Hayum repped the filmmakers.

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