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by Brian Brooks
May 20, 2009 7:43 AM
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Roadside Smiles on "Happy Tears"

U.S. rights to Mitchell Lichtenstein's family comedy "Happy Tears" have been picked up by Roadside Attractions. The film, which had its world premiere at the 2009 Berlinale, stars Parker Posey, Demi Moore, Ellen Barkin and Rip Torn, and the company plans a first quarter 2010 release.

The domestic deal was brokered by Bart Walker and Victoria Cook for Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmakers and by Roadside co-president Howard Cohen for Roadside.

Roadside Attractions, through their deal with Lionsgate, released Lichtenstein's feature film debut and Sundance title, "Teeth" in 2008. Lionsgate will handle home video and other domestic ancillary rights for the film, and Inferno Entertainment is selling international rights for the "Tears" at the Cannes Marche du Film.

Dutiful daughters returning to the house they grew up in, Jayne (Posey) and Laura (Moore) are forced to take a closer look at their own not-so-perfect lives while dodging childhood memories. Laura suspects that Joe (Torn) needs full-time care, but Jayne refuses to believe that their father's condition is that serious. Jayne's compulsion to escape reality only increases Laura's attempts to yank her back down to earth. Meanwhile, Joe still sings and plays the blues on his prized guitar, and the lively widower even has a new "ladyfriend," shameless and sassy Shelly (Ellen Barkin). But as the visible moments of their father's impending senility increase, the family dynamics spiral out of control. Tensions flare as the close sisters must also juggle their own very different lives - Laura's busy environmentalist work schedule and mother of three small children, and Jayne, desperate to finally have a baby with her workaholic art-dealing husband Jackson (Christian Camargo). Their adventures back home are not without magic, mischief and mayhem, and even a search for buried treasure in the backyard...

"We're very excited to be releasing this film and to be working with Mitchell again," commented Cohen in a statement. "These are two larger than life performances from Parker Posey and Demi Moore as sisters who have a love-hate relationship."

Written and directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein, "Happy Tears" is produced by Joyce Pierpoline and Mitchell Lichtenstein.

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