IFC Films has bought North American and Latin American rights to Lynn Shelton’s romantic comedy “Your Sister’s Sister” starring Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt and Mark Duplass. The film, which made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, will be released in summer 2012.
Duplass is the emotionally volatile Jack who’s still having a hard time dealing with his brother’s death of a year ago. His best friend (and brother’s former girlfriend) Iris (Blunt) offers a temporary recovery plan: Go spend a week alone at her dad’s cabin on the Puget Sound. Once he gets there, however, he discovers Iris’ sister Hannah (DeWItt) is also using the space to get over a painful breakup. A bottle of tequila later, things are complicated — and they only get worse when Iris makes her surprise arrival the next morning.
“We fell in love with ‘Your Sister’s Sister,’ Lynn Shelton’s incredibly funny, moving and wise film featuring terrific performances by Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt and Mark Duplass,” said IFC Films/Sundance Selects president Jonathan Sehring. “This will be a traditional release for us and we look forward to getting it out to the largest possible audience next summer.”
Written by Shelton, the film was produced by Steven Schardt.
“Your Sister’s Sister” also closed deals with Studio Canal in the UK and with Madman for Australia and New Zealand.
Shelton and Duplass first teamed on “Humpday,” which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, was acquired by Magnolia Pictures, screened in Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes and received the John Cassavetes Award at the 2010 Independent Spirit Awards. Shelton’s first feature, “We Go Way Back,” won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature at Slamdance 2006. Her second feature, “My Effortless Brilliance,” premiered at SXSW 2008 and earned her the Independent Spirit “Someone to Watch” Award. Shelton also directed an episode of AMC’s “Mad Men,” “Hands & Knees,” which aired last September.
The deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, senior VP acquisitions & productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films, with Submarine and UTA Independent Film Group rejig the filmmakers. Shelton is represented by UTA and Anonymous Content.