IFC Films announced today that it has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the Franco-American drama "Jimmy P.: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian," from director Arnaud Desplechin. The film, which stars Benecio del Toro and frequent Desplechin collaborator Matthieu Almaric, had its world premiere at Cannes before screening stateside at the New York Film Festival earlier this month.
Based off Georges Devereaux's "Reality and Dream: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian," "Jimmy P." was co-written by Desplechin, Julie Peyr and Kent Jones, who, interestingly enough, is the NYFF's director of programming, though he sat out on its deliberations.
The deal was negotiated between Arianna Bocco, SVP of Acquisitions at IFC, and CAA on behalf of Worldview Entertainment, the studio that recently co-financed Alejandro Gonzalez Inñáritu’s forthcoming "Birdman." Of the buy, Worldview CEO Christopher Woodrow noted that "'Jimmy P.' is a sophisticated and moving film and we are happy to partner with IFC after getting such a strong reception in Cannes and New York."
"Jimmy P." follows the eponymous character (Benecio del Toro), a Blackfoot Indian and World War II survivor, through his treatment for what appears to be schizophrenia, in the pioneering days of psychoanalysis. IFC is expected to release the film in early 2014.