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IFC Goes On Cannes Buying Spree

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 16, 2013 at 1:14PM

IFC Films is on a buying tear. They happen to be at Cannes, but they obviously had been talking about acquiring U.S. rights to Ari Posin's "The Face of Love" since its well-received debut (under the title "The Look of Love") at SXSW. The romantic mystery stars Annette Bening as a widow who falls hard for an art teacher (Ed Harris) who doesn't know that he happens to be a dead ringer for her late husband.
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'A Case of You'
'A Case of You'

IFC Films is on a buying tear. While the company is usually scouring Cannes for new foreign titles, they're announcing various deals to acquire American independents on the Croisette as they prepare for the international debut of David Lowery's Sundance hit "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" in Critics Week on May 18.

IFC obviously had been talking about acquiring U.S. rights from to Ari Posin's "The Face of Love" since its well-received SXSW debut (under the title "The Look of Love," the same title as the IFC Sundance pickup directed by Michael Winterbottom). The romantic mystery stars Annette Bening as a widow who falls hard for an art teacher (Ed Harris) who doesn't know that he happens to be a dead ringer for her late husband. Robin Williams, Jess Weixler and Amy Brenneman also star in the film produced by Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn at Mockingbird Pictures. IFC is planning a September 2013 release. Exclusive Media is handling international rights to the film. 

'The Face of Love'
'The Face of Love'

"Arie Posin has made a film that is not only incredibly poignant but also familiar to anyone who has lost a loved one," said Jonathan Sehring, President of IFC Films/Sundance Selects.

IFC Films also took U.S. rights to Kat Corio's Tribeca entry "A Case of You" from Lagniappe Films. Written by the film's leading man and producer Justin Long, his brother Christian Long, and Keir O’Donnell, the milennial romantic comedy stars Long as a young writer with a crush on Birdie, the barista at his local coffee shop (Evan Rachel Wood). He doesn't get far wooing her in person so he resorts to an exaggerated online profile--which works. Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage, Busy Philipps and Sienna Miller also star.

"A Case of You"was produced by Long and O’Donnell with Holly Wiersma and Logan Levy, and was executive produced by Brice Sanderford and Cassian Elwes. “'A Case of You' is a heartfelt romantic comedy for the generation who has taken to finding love online," said Sehring.

IFC also recently acquired North American rights to another Tribeca title, Scott Coffey's comedy "Adult World," which stars Emma Roberts as an aspiring poet in need of cash who takes a day job at her local sex shop. IFC is planning a day-and-date theatrical and VOD release for the film, which is penned by Andy Cochran, and also stars John Cusack, Cloris Leachman, Evan Peters, Armando Riesco and Shannon Woodward.

This article is related to: IFC, Cannes Film Festival, Annette Bening, Ed Harris


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.