Overture to release 'Paper Heart'

Faux documentary stars Michael Cera, Charlyne Yi

Overture Films will release "Paper Heart," director Nicholas Jasenovec's faux documentary starring Michael Cera and real-life girlfriend Charlyne Yi.

The movie, which was packaged and repped by UTA at Sundance, was financed by Overture sister unit Anchor Bay. The movie was a potential sales target at the fest, where it won the Waldo Salt Award for best screenplay. It had a number of distributors circling, but Overture retained the right to distribute the film if it so chose.

The company will release the movie in New York and Los Angeles on Aug. 7 and widen it the following week in hopes of building a counterprogramming hit as it did with the drama "The Visitor" last spring.

Overture is overseeing worldwide distribution, with Anchor Bay releasing the movie on home video in North America, Australia and the U.K.

The art-imitating-life comedy stars Yi and Cera as themselves, though in a fictional context. In the movie, Yi is directing a documentary about the meaning of love, traveling around the country conducting interviews on the subject, when she meets and strikes up a relationship with Cera. The movie's inventive premise helped it win the Waldo Salt Award for best screenplay in Park City.

Overture execs Chris McGurk and Danny Rosett noted that they believed the film "effectively redefines the classic love story.”

Sandra Murillo and Elise Salomon produced the pic, while Jasenovec and Yi wrote the script.