EXCLUSIVE: Broad Green Pictures has acquired North American rights to I Smile Back, the Adam Salky-directed film that premiered in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at January’s Sundance Film Festival and won strong notices for its downward spiraling heroine, played by Sarah Silverman.
Pic is based on Amy Koppelman’s novel and she adapted it with Paige Dylan. Salky directed the 2009 Sundance film Dare, and Silverman stars in I Smile Back with Josh Charles, Thomas Sadoski, Mia Barron, Terry Kinney and Chris Sarandon. Silverman plays a woman who seems to have it all: she’s an attractive, intelligent, devoted mother of two adorable children and is married to the perfect guy (Charles), living in a pristine house with a shiny SUV in the driveway. Beneath this facade, she is depressed and disillusioned and it sends her careening into a secret world of reckless compulsion. Only very real danger will force her to face the painful root of her destructiveness and its crumbling effect on those she loves.
Brian Koppelman produced with David Levien, Mike Harrop and Richard Arlook. Skip Klintworth is exec producer with Oscar Crosby Films and Jens Meurer and Christian Angermayer with Film House Germany
“Sarah’s raw and vulnerable performance will astonish audiences and define her as an incredible dramatic talent,” said Broad Green Productions CEO Gabriel Hammond and Chief Creative Officer Daniel Hammond. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to give I Smile Back the platform to impact audiences the same way it did us.”
Koppelman said he was “happy for the writers, director and actors that this film has found such a wonderful, committed home. This was truly a labor of love for all parties involved; therefore, it is a blessing to have a company as dedicated and passionate about this film onboard. We could not imagine anyone better suited than Broad Green.”
Cinetic Media brokered the deal for the filmmakers.