Roadside Attractions has acquired distribution rights for Paul Dalio’s debut film “Touched With Fire” (previously entitled “Mania Days”), with Spike Lee serving as an executive producer.
Katie Holmes and Luke Kirby (“Take This Waltz”) star in this deeply emotional drama as two bipolar poets who meet in a psychiatric hospital. When their paths cross, they find themselves exploring all different dimensions of their condition until they are put to the ultimate test of choosing between sanity and love. Griffin Dunne (“Dallas Buyers Club”), Christine Lahti (“Swing Shift”) and Bruce Altman (“Matchstick Men”) also co-star alongside Holmes and Kirby in the film.
The film premiered at SXSW earlier this year, and was a critical and audience favorite particularly because of Katie Holmes’ powerful and stirring performance.
“‘Touched with Fire’ is a striking debut with fantastic performances,” said Roadside Attraction’s co-president Howard Cohen. “Paul has clearly put his heart and soul into this project and audiences will connect with it. We’re thrilled to be releasing.”
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Paul Dalio said in a statement, “I’m grateful that Roadside has put their faith in my film. They are an extraordinary company and their passion for the film and strong vision for its release were immediately clear. I know they will give this film a chance to have its greatest possible impact.”
Roadside Attractions is planning to release “Touched with Fire” in early 2016.