IFC FILMS TAKES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO SAVERIO COSTANZO’S HUNGRY HEARTS
Stars Adam Driver and Alba Rohrwacher Won Best Actor and Best Actress Awards at the 2014 Venice International Film Festival
NEW YORK, NY (November 5, 2014) – IFC Films announced today that the company is acquiring North American rights to Saverio Costanzo’s HUNGRY HEARTS from Mimi Steinbauer’s Radiant Films International. The film, written and directed by Costanzo, stars Adam Driver, Alba Rohrwacher and Roberta Maxwell, and was produced by Mario Gianani and Lorenzo Mieli of Wildside, together with Rai Cinema. The film was executive produced by Louis Tisné, Riccardo Neri, Olivia Sleiter and Chris Marsh. HUNGRY HEARTS had its world premiere at the 2014 Venice Film Festival, where it won both the Coppa Volpi Awards for Best Performance by an Actor and Best Performance by an Actress for Driver and Rohrwacher. The film also had its North American premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.
HUNGRY HEARTS follows Jude, an American and Mina, an Italian. After a whirlwind romance, they get married and she becomes pregnant. But Mina becomes convinced that the child inside her is special and must be protected from all the pollution of the outside world. For the sake of his love for Mina, Jude plays along with her, until he reaches the point where he has to face a terrible truth: his son’s life is in danger.
“Saverio Costanzo astonished us all with this film, his first in the English language, a haunting exploration of a relationship with a startling conclusion,” says Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films.
The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, SVP of Acquisitions from Sundance Selects/IFC Films with Steinbauer on behalf of the filmmakers.
Radiant Films International is handling worldwide rights to the film.
IFC Films is a sister label to IFC Midnight and Sundance Selects, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.
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ABOUT RADIANT FILMS INTERNATIONAL
Founded by international sales veteran, Mimi Steinbauer, who is President and CEO, Radiant Films International, is an international sales company funded through private equity sources which acquires and distributes between 6-8 theatrical titles per year. In addition to HUNGRY HEARTS, Radiant’s current slate includes MADAME BOVARY with Mia Wasikowska, Paul Giamatti and Ezra Miller which world premiered at the Telluride Film Festival followed by debuts at the Toronto and London Film Festivals and will screen at AFM and RUDDERLESS directed by William H. Macy and starring Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin and Selena Gomez which is currently in theatres and on VOD in the US via Samuel Goldwyn Films/Paramount. Radiant will also be showing brand new footage from two films at AFM: the thriller TAKE DOWN directed by Jim Gillespie and starring Ed Westwick, Jeremy Sumpter, Phoebe Tonkin and Sebastian Koch as well as THE DRIFTLESS AREA starring Zooey Deschanel, Anton Yelchin and Frank Langella.
About IFC Films
Established in 2000 and based in New York City, IFC Films is a leading U.S. distributor of quality talent-driven independent film. Recent IFC Films successes include Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD starring Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke and Lorelei Linklater, and Michael Winterbottom’s THE TRIP TO ITALY starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. Some of the company’s notable releases over the years have included Joel Zwick’s MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, Michael Moore’s FAHRENHEIT 9/11, Lena Dunham’s TINY FURNITURE, Noah Baumbach’s FRANCES HA, and Alfonso Cuaron’s Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN. IFC Films is a sister label to Sundance Selects and IFC Midnight, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.