The 2016 Sundance Film Festival is still about a week away from kicking off, but that’s not stopping Netflix from arriving to the party early and getting straight down to business. Variety reports the streaming giant has acquired worldwide VOD rights to Sian Heder’s feature debut, “Tallulah.” The film is adapted from the director’s 2006 Cannes-nominated short film, “Mother,” and stars Ellen Page and Allison Janney.
Page stars as an aimless drifter who takes in a baby from a negligent mother. Further plot details and deal specifics are being kept under wraps, but the reunion of “Juno” co-stars Page and Janney makes this title one of the most anticipated of the festival. Indiewire had previously included it on our list of nine hidden gems from the Sundance lineup.
“Sian Heder is an exciting new voice in cinema and I am so proud to see her work continue from writing on the groundbreaking ‘Orange is the New Black’ to writing and directing this heartfelt crowd-pleasing film ‘Tallulah,'” said producer Russell Levine, CEO of Route One Entertainment, to Variety. “Audiences worldwide are now going to be able to see Sian’s amazing growth as an artist through the support of Netflix.”
No release date information has been finalized. The 2016 Sundance Film Festival takes place January 21-31.