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Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to filmmaker Ira Sachs’ Little Men.
Gregg Kinnear stars in the coming-of-age drama, which had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The film will make its international premiere this weekend at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Jennifer Ehle, Paulina Garcia and newcomers Theo Taplitz and Michael Barbieri also star in the pic, which centers on the friendship that forms between two 13-year-olds during an increasingly tense dispute between their parents, set against a backdrop of the ever-changing socioeconomic situation in modern New York. Sachs penned the screenplay with Mauricio Zacharias.
In his Sundance review, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter called Little Men “beautiful,” saying that it “sneaks up and slays you with its emotional authenticity.”
Said Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles: “Little Men is a true gem of a film. Ira Sachs has consistently been making beautiful, even-handed stories with rich, real-life characters, and we’re really looking forward to working together on this one.”
Lucas Joaquin, Sachs, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, L.A. Teodosio and Jim Landé produced the pic, with Tom Dolby, Dom Genest, Matthew Helderman, Daniella Kahane, Lars Knudsen, David Kyle, Sophie Mas, Melissa Pinsly, Blythe Robertson, Lourenço Sant’Anna, Hugh Schulze, Luke Taylor, Rodrigo Teixeira, Jay Van Hoy and Franklin Zitter acting as executive producers.
The deal was negotiated by WME Global on behalf of the filmmakers.
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