IFC Films has acquired the rights to Liza Johnson’s “Hateship Loveship,” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last week. Starring Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Hailee Steinfeld, Nick Nolte, Christine Lahti and Jennifer Jason Leigh, the film is based on the short story by Alice Munro.
Full press release below.
NEW YORK, NY (September 17, 2013) – IFC Films announced today that the company is acquiring US rights to Liza Johnson’s HATESHIP LOVESHIP. The film, based on a short story by Alice Munro with a screenplay by Mark Poirier, stars Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Hailee Steinfeld, Nick Nolte, Christine Lahti, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Sami Gayle. HATESHIP LOVESHIP was produced by Robert Ogden Barnum, Michael Benaroya, Jamin O’Brien, Dylan Sellers and Cassian Elwes and executive produced by Jacob Pechenik, Michael Raimondi and Abigail Disney. The film made its world premiere as a special presentation at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
HATESHIP LOVESHIP is a multi-dimensional portrait of a young woman who has a life-altering effect on a fractured family. Kristen Wiig stars as Johanna Parry, a profoundly shy, unadorned woman who is hired by Mr. McCauley (Nick Nolte) as a housekeeper and a primary caregiver to his granddaughter Sabitha (Hailee Steinfeld). When Sabitha uses technology to foster a pseudo-relationship between her widowed father and new caretaker, Johanna is finally able to indulge in something long missing from her life: the dream of a future and a home of her own.
Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, said: “We were floored by Kristen Wiig’s extraordinary performance in HATESHIP LOVESHIP, as well as the strong ensemble cast of outstanding actors. This film is a touching examination of family dynamics and we think US audiences are going to relate both to the film and to Kristen’s brilliant character.”
The deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions & Productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films with UTA Independent Film Group and Cassian Elwes on behalf of the filmmakers.
IFC Films is a sister division to IFC Midnight and Sundance Selects, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.