AFM: Sundance Selects Takes 'Run & Jump'

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Will Forte

The IFC Films division picks up North American rights to the Irish love story featuring "SNL" cast member Will Forte.

Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to Run & Jump, an unconventional Irish love story that is the feature debut of Oscar-nominated short film director Steph Green (New Boy).

SNL castmember Will Forte stars in the film as a buttoned-up American researcher who travels to Ireland to study a man who has suffered a stroke that has transformed his personality. While living with the man's family, his presence initially has a soothing influence but eventually sets the family on course for an emotional crash. Maxine Peake, Edward MacLiam and Sharon Horgan also star.

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Run & Jump premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and went on to win Best Irish Feature and Best First Irish Feature at the Galway film festival earlier this year.

Sundance Selects plans to release Run & Jump theatrically and on premium VOD in early 2014. Global Screen is handling international sales for the title at AFM.

"We are very happy to work with Arianna Bocco and the team of Sundance Selects again," said Julia Weber, head of theatrical sales at Global Screen. "We thank our colleagues at UTA Independent for the good cooperation on wrapping the movie for North America."

Run & Jump was co-produced by Samson Films and Bavaria Pictures. Green co-wrote the screenplay with Ailbhe Keogan.