IFC Films, September 14, 2011

IFC Films Takes North American and Latin American Rights to Lynn Shelton’s Your Sister’s Sister

Toronto, CANADA – September 14, 2011 – IFC Films announced today from the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival that the company is acquiring North American and Latin American rights to director Lynn Shelton’s YOUR SISTER’S SISTER. The film, with a screenplay also by Shelton, stars Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt, Mark Duplass, and Mike Birbiglia and was produced by Steven Schardt. IFC Films will release the film in the summer of 2012.

A year after his brother’s death, Jack (Duplass) still see-saws between emotionally wobbly and outright volatile. When he makes a scene at a memorial party, Iris (Blunt) intervenes with a plan: Jack must oil up his old bike and trek to her father’s cabin on an island on Puget Sound, where isolation will give his brain a chance to detangle. When Jack gets to the woods, however, he finds not solitude but Iris’ sister Hannah (DeWitt), herself nursing a wounded heart and a bottle of tequila. After several shots and some slurred commiseration, liquor isn’t the only fluid these two end up sharing. Their hangover descends in the form of Iris, who pulls up with a bag of groceries the next morning. Though ripe for love-triangle trappings, YOUR SISTER’S SISTER offers an uncontrived navigation of romantic and sibling relationships.

Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, said: "We fell in love with YOUR SISTER’S SISTER, Lynn Shelton’s incredibly funny, moving and wise film featuring terrific performances by Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt and Mark Duplass.  This will be a traditional release for us, and we look forward to getting it out to the largest possible audience next summer."

The deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions & Productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films with Submarine and UTA on behalf of the filmmakers.

IFC Films is a sister division to Sundance Selects and IFC Midnight, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks, Inc.


Established in 2000 and based in New York City, IFC Films is a leading U.S. distributor of quality talent-driven independent film.  Its unique distribution model makes independent films available to a national audience by releasing them in theaters as well as on cable’s Video On Demand (VOD) platform, reaching nearly 50 million homes. Some of the company’s successes over the years have included My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Touching the Void, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Gomorrah, Che, Summer Hours, Antichrist, In the Loop, Antichrist, Wordplay, Cairo Time, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, Tiny Furniture and Carlos.  Over the years, IFC Films has worked with established and breakout auteurs, including Steven Soderbergh, Gus Van Sant, Spike Lee, Richard Linklater, Miranda July, Lars Von Trier, Gaspar Noe, Todd Solondz, Cristian Mungiu, Susanne Bier, Olivier Assayas, Jim McKay, Larry Fessenden, Gregg Araki, Jacques Rivette, Claude Chabrol, as well as more recent breakouts such as Andrea Arnold, Mia Hansen Love, Corneliu Porombiou, Joe Swanberg, Barry Jenkins, Lena Dunham, Aaron Katz, Daryl Wein and Abdellatif Kechiche. IFC Films is a sister division to Sundance Selects and IFC Midnight, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.


Michael Kupferberg
Strategy PR/Consulting