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Sony Pictures Classics Buys 'Celeste & Jesse Forever'

By Jason Guerrasio | Indiewire January 24, 2012 at 1:33PM

Sony Pictures Classics has announced that they’ve bought the North American, Latin American and Eastern European rights to 'Celeste & Jesse Forever.' Directed by Lee Toland Krieger ("The Vicious Kind") and starring Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Emma Roberts and Elijah Wood, the film follows a young couple, Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg), as they get divorced but try to stay best friends. This is the second title in the Premieres section to be bought today, with the announcement of Focus Features nabbing "For A Good Time, Call…" this morning. The "Celeste & Jesse Forever" deal was negotiated by UTA’s Independent Film Group. Read press release:
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Celeste And Jesse Forever

Sony Pictures Classics has announced that they’ve bought the North American, Latin American and Eastern European rights to 'Celeste & Jesse Forever.'

Directed by Lee Toland Krieger ("The Vicious Kind") and starring Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Emma Roberts and Elijah Wood, the film follows a young couple, Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg), as they get divorced but try to stay best friends.

This is the second title in the Premieres section to be bought today, with the announcement of Focus Features nabbing "For A Good Time, Call…" this morning.

The "Celeste & Jesse Forever" deal was negotiated by UTA’s Independent Film Group.

Read press release:

NEW YORK, NY (January 24, 2012) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American, Latin American and Eastern European rights to the film CELESTE & JESSE FOREVER.  The film, directed by Lee Toland Krieger (THE VICIOUS KIND) and co-written by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, is produced by Jennifer Todd and Suzanne Todd of Team Todd and Lee Nelson of Envision Media Arts, who also financed the film. The deal was negotiated by UTA's Independent Film Group.

CELESTE & JESSE FOREVER was one of the most talked about films at the festival and debuted in the Premiere Section of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.  The film stars Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Chris Messina, Ari Graynor, Will McCormack, Emma Roberts, and Elijah Wood.

CELESTE & JESSE FOREVER is about two people who met in high school, married young and are growing apart.  Now thirty, they decide to get divorced and attempt to stay best friends while pursuing other relationships. This plan is not as simple as they had imagined. Celeste — imperious, successful and driven -- is convinced that divorcing the boyish Jesse is the right thing to do. Jesse passively accepts this transition into friendship, even though he still is in love with her. As the reality of their separation sets in, Celeste slowly and painfully realizes she has been cavalier about their relationship. But her timing with Jesse is less than fortuitous. While navigating the turbulent changes in their lives and in their hearts, these two learn that in order to truly love someone, you may have to let them go. The film is a humorous and honest examination of a broken heart and the long, hard road it takes to heal it.

"No recent movie is more current, more perceptive, or more fun than CELESTE & JESSE FOREVER. Lee Toland Krieger has made a major film. The cast is superlative and it is an obvious labor of love for Rashida Jones and Will McCormack that delivers on all levels. We are excited to be in business with Jennifer Todd, Lee Nelson and our friends at UTA," said Sony Pictures Classics.
 
Producers Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd and Lee Nelson add, "We are thrilled our film has found a home with Sony Pictures Classics and are incredibly excited to work with Michael, Tom and Dylan. Their track record is unparalleled and we feel very lucky to have our film with them.”

This article is related to: Sundance 2012, Acquisitions, Sundance Film Festival






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