TIFF: Sarah Silverman's 'I Smile Back' Nabbed by Search Engine for Canada (Exclusive)

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'I Smile Back'

The movie will be released by Broad Green Pictures stateside after screening at Sundance and Toronto.

Search Engine Films has picked up the Canadian rights to Sarah Silverman's first big-screen drama, I Smile Back.

The sublicensing deal with Broad Green Pictures follows the U.S. indie earlier grabbing all North American rights to director Adam Salky's drama, which bowed at Sundance and will screen at the Toronto Film Festival on Sept. 16. Broad Green plans an Oct. 23 theatrical release stateside for I Smile Back, with Search Engine to follow north of the border with an early November release.

Based on Amy Koppelman's novel, the movie stars Silverman as a New Jersey wife and mother dealing with depression and reckless compulsion. The cast also includes Josh Charles, Thomas Sadoski, Mia Barron, Terry Kinney and Chris Sarandon.

The screenplay was written by Koppelman and Paige Dylan, and the film was produced by Brian Koppelman, David Levien, Mike Harrop and Richard Arlook. The Canadian deal was negotiated by John Bain for Search Engine Films and Dylan Wylie for Broad Green Pictures.