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Distribution Daily: IFC Midnight nabs GRABBERS, Sony Pictures Classics picks up SMASHED

Joshua Brunsting

March 5th, 2012

While SXSW may be coming on hot and fast, we are only just now seeing some of the biggest films from this year’s Sundance Film Festival find homes.

First up, Deadline reports that Sony Pictures Classics has picked up the rights to SMASHED, the James Ponsoldt-directed film starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, which follows the story of married couple Kate and Charlie, whose marriage “thrives on a shared fondness for music, laughter . . . and getting smashed. When Kate’s partying spirals into hard-core asocial behavior, compromising her job as an elementary schoolteacher, something’s got to give. But change isn’t exactly a cakewalk. Sobriety means she will have to confront the lies she’s been spinning at work, her troubling relationship with her mother, and the nature of her bond with Charlie.”

Also getting a home is GRABBERS, which has been picked up by IFC Midnight. The film is set to hit later this year, and stars Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley and Russell Tovey.  It follows the story of a village which is attacked by sea aliens, with their only defense being intoxication. Directed by Jon Wright, both films here have garnered quite a bit of buzz, so expect the hype surrounding these projects to only grow now that they have an actual distributor.

Which film are you more interested in?

Source: Deadline / THR

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