IFC walks a mile in Leguizamo's 'Shoes'


IFC Films has acquired North American rights to the John Leguizamo-toplined drama "Where God Left His Shoes" from Paul Allen's Vulcan Prods.

Salvatore Stabile's sophomore film revolves around an ex-boxer (Leguizamo) and his wife (Leonor Varela) who are forced to move their family to a homeless shelter. On Christmas Eve, the father takes his 10-year-old stepson on a journey around New York to find a job qualifying them for a housing project apartment.

The film will be released theatrically and on VOD in December through the day-and-date IFC in Theaters program. It also will be distributed through IFC's exclusive deal with Blockbuster.

After premiering at last year's Tribeca Film Festival, "Shoes" won the Humanitas screenwriting award for a film developed or shown at Sundance.

IFC's Arianna Bocco negotiated the deal with Vulcan's Michael Caldwell and Richard Hutton. (partialdiff)