The film, which had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, stars Rob Lowe, Julie Bowen, Richard Schiff, Saffron Burrows, Jennifer Morrison and Carrie-Anne Moss in the story of a committed political strategist who must reckon with the truth about his job while working for a trio of flawed politicians. Guttentag wrote the screenplay with Chris Lehane, who served as a White House advisor to President Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and as press secretary to Vice President Al Gore.
Guerrino De Luca and Catherine and Daniel Davila produced the project; Lowe and William Green are executive producers.
“The entire IFC Films team is thrilled to be working with Bill Guttentag, Chris Lehane and their all-star cast on the release of ‘Knife Fight,’ ” said Sundance Selects/IFC Films president Jonathan Sehring. “With the 2012 election around the corner, this film, which provides an unmatched look at what happens behind closed doors in politics, shouldn’t be missed.”
Sundance Selects/IFC Films exec Arianna Bocco negotiated the deal with WME Independent on behalf of the filmmakers.
“ ‘Knife Fight takes you into the room behind the room — the room where the press isn’t allowed; the room where the cameras are never in; the room that no one ever tweets about — but the room where the real decisions are made,” said Lehane. “In taking you into the room where the real decisions are made, the film shows that to win in politics you sometimes have to use the hardest blows to get people in office who will achieve the highest ends. This is politics not how you wish it were played, but how it really is played — a knife fight in a telephone booth.”
A sister label to IFC Midnight and Sundance Selects, IFC Films has most recently released “Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding” and “Your Sister’s Sister.” Forthcoming releases include “On the Road” and “Liberal Arts.”