IFC Films has announced that it has acquired North American rights to the Berlin competition title "Puzzle," the debut feature from Argentine director Natalia Smirnoff. The film is produced by Carousel Films' Gabriele Pastore and Caroline Dhainaut from La Ninas Pictures. IFC Films plans to take the film to upcoming fall film festivals and release the film shortly thereafter.
"'Puzzle' completely charmed our entire team at the Berlinale," Jonathan Sehring, President of IFC Entertainment commented. "It is one of the rare crowd pleasers that manages to respect its audience and deliver profound thrills due to top notch direction by Natalia Smirnoff and fantastic performances. We think this film is going to connect with American audiences in a big way on all of our platforms and are thrilled to be in business with Natalia Smirnoff and Memento Films."
The deal for "Puzzle" was negotiated by Elizabeth Nastro, IFC Films Director of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, with Emilie Georges and Tanja Meissner of Memento Films International.
As described by IFC, "Puzzle follows Maria del Carmen (Maria Onetto), "a forty-something housewife whose only concern over the past twenty years has been the well-being of her husband (Gabriel Goity) and of her now grown-up kids. But when she is offered a puzzle for her birthday, she suddenly discovers she has a very special gift: she can assemble puzzles very fast. It's not long before she takes on a training partner, a suave millionaire (Arturo Goetz) who opens her eyes to her gifts. Maria's family has no idea about her new passion since it means nothing to either her husband or her sons. But before long her puzzle mania becomes a serious testing ground, and Maria must decide how much she can expect from her men."
IFC Films will release PUZZLE in 2010 via its IFC in Theaters platform which brings movies to on-demand viewers at home the same day they premiere in theaters.