IFC Films is taking U.S. rights to Manglehorn, the Al Pacino starrer helmed by David Gordon Green that premiered last month in Venice and Toronto. Pacino stars along with Holly Hunter, Harmony Korine, and Chris Messina in the drama about a reclusive small town locksmith (Pacino) torn between mourning the love of his life and moving on via a new cautious friendship with a local woman.
Manglehorn was one of the hot titles left unbought at the close of TIFF, where CAA was repping sales. The Worldview Entertainment and Dreambridge Films production is produced by Green, Lisa Muskat, and Derrick Tseng and executive produced by Melissa Coolidge, Brad Coolidge, Todd J. Labarowski, Danny McBride and Jody Hill.
Green, who’s known to veer between character-driven dramas (All The Real Girls, George Washington) and lower-brow comedies (Pineapple Express, Your Highness, The Sitter), most recently directed the indie dramedy Prince Avalanche and the Nicolas Cage starrer Joe. He’s currently filming the political adaptation Our Brand Is Crisis.
“This film is a testament to David’s ability to bring out both the humor and melancholy of everyday life,” said Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films. “This is his most mature, introspective work to date, and Pacino shines in a touchingly restrained performance.” Sundance Selects/IFC Films’ Arianna Bocco negotiated the deal with Cinetic Media and CAA repping the filmmakers.