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Sony Pictures Classics Nabs 'Infinitely Polar Bear' Fresh From Sundance

Photo of Paula Bernstein By Paula Bernstein | Indiewire February 1, 2014 at 1:51PM

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American, German, UK, Scandinavian, Eastern European and Russian rights to Maya Forbes’ directorial debut "Infinitely Polar Bear" which recently premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
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"Infinitely Polar Bear"
"Infinitely Polar Bear"

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American, German, UK, Scandinavian, Eastern European and Russian rights to Maya Forbes’ directorial debut "Infinitely Polar Bear" which recently premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

Written and directed by Forbes, the film stars Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana.

Set in late 1970s Cambridge, "Infinitely Polar Bear," based on Forbes' childhood, tells the story of a mentally unstable father (Ruffalo) trying to win back his wife (Zaldana) by taking responsibility for the couple's two young daughters.

"We are excited and pleased to be bringing Maya Forbes' accomplished, deeply moving and joyous autobiographical story to the public," Sony Pictures Classics said in a statement.

"I am thrilled!” said Forbes. "Sony Pictures Classics consistently releases the movies I want to see. The film connected deeply with audiences at Sundance and I think Michael, Tom and Dylan have a terrific plan to expand on that experience. INFINITELY POLAR BEAR could not have found a better home."

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In her review of the film at Sundance, Emma Myers wrote, "The film moves in energetic waves, cresting and breaking along with Cam's manic episodes. With his crooked smile, squinting eyes, and jerking movements, Ruffalo, as always, delivers a strong performance, though his fits are for the most part more endearing than they are troubling. He's well paired here with Saldana, who moves with balletic grace, her statuesque poise frequently giving way to affecting emotion."

"Infinitely Polar Bear" was produced by Paper Street Films and Park Pictures Features, in association with Bad Robot and KGB Media.  Wally Wolodarsky, Benji Kohn, Bingo Gubelmann, Sam Bisbee and Galt Niederhoffer produced the film with Executive Producers J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Austin Stark, Ruth Mutch, Noah Millman, Mark Ruffalo, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Danny Rifkin, Tom Valerio and Richard Rifkin.

Executive Producer J.J. Abrams said in a statement, "Maya's film is bold, funny, insightful and real. We at Bad Robot could not be more proud to be involved in this film, or more excited to have the film released through Sony Classics."

The deal was negotiated with ICM Partners, who reps Forbes, Wolodarsky and Saldana, and Chris Tricarico of Tricarico Chavez LLP on behalf of the filmmakers.  Forbes and Wolodarsky are also repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners, along with Ruffalo.

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