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Tribeca Film has acquired North American rights to Daniel Patrick Carbone‘s directorial debut, Hide Your Smiling Faces.
Written and directed by Carbone, the film played to rave reviews when it premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival and received the New Directors Award at the Starz Denver Film Festival. The film also was recognized recently as the “Best Film Still Awaiting U.S. Distribution” from the National Society of Film Critics Awards.
Hide Your Smiling Faces will be released day-and-date beginning March 25 on cable/telco and satellite VOD and digital platforms, followed by a theatrical release beginning March 28.
The story explores rural American life through the distorted lens of youth. Unfolding over one hot, hazy summer, the film follows two brothers — 9-year-old Tommy (Ryan Jones) and 14-year-old Eric (Nathan Varnson) — as they come to terms with the mysterious death of one of Tommy’s friends.
“Rarely do we see as assured a debut as director Daniel Carbone makes in Hide Your Smiling Faces,” Tribeca Enterprises chief creative officer Geoff Gilmore said. “This marvelous tapestry of adolescent angst, sibling rivalry and the effects of the mysterious demise of their friend has on two brothers is only part of what makes this solemn but riveting work carry such an emotional impact.”
Added Carbone: “My hope is that this film, told from the distinct perspective of its two young protagonists, will compel viewers to reflect on their own adolescence. I am thrilled to be partnering with Tribeca Film, a bold and forward-thinking company of true film lovers, to bring Hide Your Smiling Faces to a wider audience.”
The deal was negotiated for Tribeca Film by Nick Savva and Alison Diviney. The filmmakers were repped by George Rush.
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