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Sundance: Screen Media Snatches ‘Ten Thousand Saints’

Sundance: Screen Media Snatches 'Ten Thousand Saints'

Sundance never sleeps. Screen Media Films came out on top of a competitive bidding situation for “Ten Thousands Saints,” taking US rights to “American Splendor” directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s film version of the acclaimed Eleanor Henderson novel.

Starring Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Emily Mortimer, Julianne Nicholson, Emile Hirsch, and Ethan Hawke, the Sundance premiere will arrive stateside in late summer 2015 with a robust 25-market theatrical and day-and-date VOD release. Here’s the synopsis:

In TEN THOUSAND SAINTS, after certain events lead Jude (Asa Butterfield) to withdraw from school and his family, his mother sends him to live with his estranged pot-dealing father (Ethan Hawke) in New York City. There, in the crime-riddled East Village of the late 1980’s, Jude forms an unlikely bond with his best friend’s brother (Emilie Hirsch) and the daughter (Hailee Steinfeld) of his father’s girlfriend (Emily Mortimer). As the three dive deep in to the hardcore punk scene, they protect a secret that threatens to spoil their adolescence.

Reviews for this heart-tugging family dramedy have been mixed, but Variety writes: “Part teen romance, part awkward love triangle, part generational-clash portrait, and almost all powered by nostalgia, this warmly conceived dramedy will likely resonate strongest with audiences who have a direct connection to the story’s place and time.”

The film was made by Maven Pictures, Archer Gray and Luca Borghese, in association with Bad Medicine Films, Raptor Films, and Tashtego Films. The Solution is handling the international release.

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