BREAKING: Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to Ira Sachs’ Little Men, which stars Greg Kinnear and is making its international premiere this weekend at the Berlin International Film Festival. It will be released later this year theatrically in the states.
The sixth film by Sachs, the film actually premiered stateside at the Sundance Film Festival. Also starring Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty 50 Shades of Grey) Paulina Garcia (Netflix’s Narco), and two young newcomers — Theo Taplitz and Michael Barbieri — Little Men simultaneously follows the friendship formed between 13-year-olds Jake (Taplitz) and Tony (Barbieri), and an increasingly tense dispute between their parents (Kinnear, Ehle, Garcia). It is all set against a backdrop of the ever-changing socioeconomic situation in modern New York.
The film marks the third collaboration between Sachs and co-writer Mauricio Zacharias, following their critical favorites Love is Strange and Keep the Lights On, each of which won multiple Independent Spirit Award and Gotham nominations.
“Little Men is a true gem of a film,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “Ira Sachs has consistently been making beautiful, even-handed stories with rich, real-life characters and we’re really looking forward to working together on this one.”
It took a village to bring this film to the big screen — the film was produced by Lucas Joaquin, Ira Sachs, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, L.A. Teodosio, and Jim Landé, and executive produced by Tom Dolby, Dom Genest, Matthew Helderman, Daniella Kahane, Lars Knudsen, David Kyle, Sophie Mas, Melissa Pinsly, Blythe Robertson, Lourenço Sant’Anna, Hugh Schulze, Luke Taylor, Rodrigo Teixeira, Jay Van Hoy, Franklin Zitter. It is presented by Race Point Films, Faliro House, Buffalo 8, and Charlie Guidance Productions, in association with Parts & Labor, Raptor Films, Water’s End Productions, and RT Features.
The acquisitions deal was negotiated by Magnolia SVP of Acquisitions Dori Begley and Magnolia VP of Acquisitions John Von Thaden with WME Global and Paul Brennan of Bruns, Brennan & Berry negotiating on behalf of the filmmakers.