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Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up Sundance Fave 'Infinitely Polar Bear,' Starring Mark Ruffalo

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! February 1, 2014 at 1:13PM

Sony Pictures Classics has snagged all North American, German, UK, Scandinavian, Eastern European and Russian rights to Maya Forbes' directorial debut 'Infinitely Polar Bear,' warmly received at its 2014 Sundance premiere.
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'Infinitely Polar Bear'
'Infinitely Polar Bear'

Sony Pictures Classics has snagged all North American, German, UK, Scandinavian, Eastern European and Russian rights to Maya Forbes' directorial debut 'Infinitely Polar Bear,' warmly received at its 2014 Sundance premiere.

Starring Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana and set in the late 1970s, the film centers on an eccentric mess of a father (Ruffalo) as he tries to win back his wife by taking responsibility for their two young daughters. The spirited girls don’t make the overwhelming task any easier.

Variety wrote, "Mark Ruffalo gives one of his most appealing performances in writer-director Maya Forbes' irresistible feature debut," and Indiewire calls the film "a forceful and heartfelt debut."

"Infinitely Polar Bear" is produced by Paper Street Films and Park Pictures Features, in association with Bad Robot and KGB Media. Release date forthcoming.

This article is related to: Sundance Film Festival, News, Festivals, Acquisitions, Zoe Saldana, Mark Ruffalo, Mark Ruffalo, Infinitely Polar Bear


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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.