David Oyelowo Drama ‘Five Nights in Maine’ Sells to FilmRise

The movie will be released day-and-date this summer in select theaters and on digital and VOD platforms

FilmRise has acquired worldwide distribution rights in all media for writer-director Maris Curran’s indie drama “Five Nights in Maine,” which stars David Oyelowo (“Selma”), two-time Oscar-winner Dianne Wiest and Oscar-nominated actress Rosie Perez.

The distributor will release the film theatrically in New York, Los Angeles and other select cities in late summer 2016. The film will also be released day-and-date on digital and VOD platforms.

“Five Nights in Maine” is described as an intimate film about love, loss and compassion. Having made its world premiere in the Discovery section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, the film explores the story of Sherwin (Oyelowo), a young man reeling from the tragic loss of his wife, who travels to rural Maine to seek answers from his estranged, cancer-stricken mother-in-law (Wiest).

“We are honored to bring this gripping, heartfelt film about grief and compassion to theaters and homes in 2016,” said FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher. “We are confident the film’s human story and incredible performances from all-star actors will draw audiences in, as it did us.”

“The film explores universal themes of lost love, connection and empathy.” said Curran. “Having shared the film to enthusiastic festival audiences, I am elated that FilmRise will be releasing the film theatrically for a wider audience to discover ‘Five Nights in Maine.'”

The film was produced by Loveless’ Carly Hugo and Matt Parker, Yoruba Saxon’s Oyelowo, and Nightshade Films’ Curran. Steven M. Ballerini, Walker Deibel, Glenn Rigberg, and MNM Creative’s Michael Chow and Michael Shen served as executive producers.

The deal was negotiated by Fisher and FilmRise’s VP of Acquisitions Max Einhorn along with CAA.