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IFC Films has acquired North American rights to Italian director Saverio Costanzo’s Hungry Hearts from Mimi Steinbauer‘s Radiant Films.
Making its world premiere at the 2014 Venice Film Festival, Hungry Hearts earned Adam Driver and Alba Rohrwacher the top awards for best performance by an actor and best performance by an actress, respectively.
News of the North American deal comes as the American Film Market gets underway in Santa Monica, where Radiant will shop the movie to foreign distributors.
Hungry Hearts, marking Costanzo’s first English-language film, stars Driver as a junior attache working in New York City who marries an eccentric Italian. However, their life together takes a troubling turn when the wife insists on isolating their infant from the impurities of the outside world, only to endanger the health of the baby.
Roberta Maxwell also stars in the film, which was produced by Mario Gianani and Lorenzo Mieli of Wildside alongside Rai Cinema.
“Saverio Costanzo astonished us all with this film, a haunting exploration of a relationship with a startling conclusion,” said Jonathan Sehring, president of Sundance Selects/IFC Films.
The deal was negotiated by IFC/Sundance Selections senior vice president of acquisitions Arianna Bocco and Steinbauer on behalf of the filmmakers.
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