'Tears' of joy flow at Roadside


Roadside Attractions has acquired U.S. rights to Mitchell Lichtenstein's "Happy Tears" and tagged the family comedy for release early next year.

The cast includes Parker Posey, Demi Moore, Ellen Barkin and Rip Torn.

"These are two larger-than-life performances from Parker Posey and Demi Moore as sisters who have a love-hate relationship," Roadside president Howard Cohen said.

Added Lichtenstein, "This is a tough time for independent film, and I believe that the team at Roadside Attractions knows how to find an enthusiastic audience for this funny, offbeat movie."

A multihyphenate whose previous film was the 2007 horror comedy "Teeth," the director is the son of painter Roy Lichtenstein.

The deal was brokered by Bart Walker and Victoria Cook at Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmakers, with Cohen repping Roadside. (partialdiff)