Cohen Media Group acquired U.S. distribution rights to Breathe In, the Drake Doremus–scripted and -directed drama that stars Guy Pearce, Felicity Jones and Amy Ryan. The film was one of a couple Sundance pics about a teacher who enters into an illicit relationship with a student. Jonathan Schwartz and Andrea Sperling of Super Crispy Entertainment produced, along with Steven Rales and Mark Roybal of Indian Paintbrush, which also financed the film. QED International remains on board handling international distribution. The film premiered to rave reviews at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. CMG is gearing up for a full theatrical release in fourth-quarter 2013.
The agreement was negotiated by Gary Rubin, Executive VP of Cohen Media Group, and the UTA Independent Film Group, which represented the filmmakers.
Doremus, whose Like Crazy (which also starred Jones) won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, directed Breathe In and co-wrote the screenplay with frequent collaborator Ben York Jones. The drama centers on a family in a small upstate New York town whose foundations are shaken by a British exchange student. Jones plays the initially reserved 18-year-old Sophie, whose piano-playing talent catches the imagination — and perhaps more — of the married man of the house (Pearce).
Rubin said, “In a few short years, Drake Doremus has established himself as an important and exciting filmmaking voice with Like Crazy, Spooner and Douchebag, and we’re thrilled to be on board for this next impressive step in his career.”