Sundance 2004 award-winner "Down to the Bone" by Debra Granik has been acquired by Laemmle/Zeller Films the group announced Wednesday. Additionally, the company has also picked up rights to Argentine thriller "Cautiva" by Gastón Biraben. Laemmle/Zeller Films will open "Down to the Bone" theatrically in early October, while "Cautiva" will roll out in the first quarter of 2006.
"Down to the Bone" is about a working class mother living in upstate New York who struggles to keep her marriage together and raise two sons while maintaining her secret cocaine addiction. The film received both the best director and a special jury prize for acting (Vera Farmiga) at Sundance in '04.
Spanish-language feature "Cautiva" centers on an Argentine teenager who finds out she is someone other than what she had been raised to believe. Her life is uprooted as she is taken out of class by a judge and told that the people she knows as her parents had in fact adopted her. The girl's biological parents fell victim to the disappeared in the early '80s, a group of people who were murdered for criticizing the political regime. "Cautiva" received the Horizons Award for best Latin American film at the San Sebastian Film Festival and screened at the New Directors/New Films series.
"These are the sort of films we are actively and passionately looking for," said partners Greg Laemmle and Steve Zeller in a statement. "They have excited audiences and jurors alike at a number of film festivals because they are stunning and emotional pieces of work, and we are happy to be involved with such excellent movies."
Laemmle/Zeller Films is a new L.A. based theatrical distributor. The principals of the company are Greg Laemmle, president of Laemmle Theatres, and Steven Zeller, president of GS Entertainment Marketing Group. Laemmle/Zeller's first theatrical release, "Up for Grabs" was released earlier this year.