The North American film distribution company Film Movement has announced that it has acquired Joseph Infantolino’s SXSW fav “Helena from the Wedding.” The film portrays a New Year’s Eve party hosted by two newlyweds for their closest friends, a party that is disrupted when a friend brings a surprise guest, Helena. “Helena” stars Gillian Jacobs (NBC’s “Community,” “Choke”), Melanie Linskey (“Up in the Air”), and Dominic Fumusa (“Nurse Jackie”). The film will be released theatrically beginning November 12, 2010 in New York, and will be available on VOD systems beginning December 2010.
In an interview with indieWIRE prior to SXSW, Infantalino noted how he came to the story behind “Helena”: “The idea for ‘Helena from the Wedding’ originates with my own marriage relatively late in life set against the backdrop of some of my friend’s longtime marriages that had begun to show some strain by the time I got around to marrying. It began with just a feeling and an image of a man and a woman standing facing each other and for a long time I couldn’t figure out whether they were coming together or coming apart.”
The deal was negotiated by Film Movement’s President Adley Gartenstein and VP of Acquisitions Rebeca Conget with “Helena” director Infantolino and Traction Media’s Maren Olson. Gartenstein said of the film, ““Helena from the Wedding was one of the films to really stand out this year at SXSW. A mature, adult drama with a top notch ensemble cast, intelligent dialog and impeccable direction by Mr. Infantolino. We know North American audiences will both appreciate it and enjoy it, and Film Movement is proud to be the one to bring it to them.”