Brian Brooks is managing editor of MovieLine.
IFC Films’ Sleepwalk With Me appears to be on track to be the specialty rollout winner of the weekend at least in terms of per screen average, although the title bows in only one location Friday. Latin American features Hermano and Neighboring Sounds arrive in U.S. theaters, and distributors Box Films and Cinema Guild, respectively, are going after fans of Latino cinema as well as the traditional art house audience. Oscilloscope’s epic doc Samsara traveled a long path to the screen and will debut in limited release initially.
Sleepwalk With Me
Director: Mike Birbiglia, Seth Barrish
Writers: Mike Birbiglia, Joe Birbiglia, Ira Glass, Seth Barrish
Distributor: IFC Films
As Sleepwalk With Me rolls out in just one New York location, it is nevertheless looking like a very strong performer amongst the specialties and possibly one of the biggest indie openers of the summer. The potential hit, which IFC Films picked up out of Sundance earlier this year where it won an Audience prize, revolves around a burgeoning stand-up comedian who struggles with the stress of a stalled career, a stale relationship and frequent episodes of sleepwalking. (more…)