The domestic rights to Greg Kinnear‘s drama “Little Men” were acquired by Magnolia Pictures, the distribution company announced Thursday.
The Ira Sachs-directed film will be theatrically released this year and also stars Jennifer Ehle (“Zero Dark Thirty”) and Paulina Garcia (“Narcos”), as well as new young stars Theo Taplitz and Michael Barbieri.
Sachs’ sixth feature was praised at the Sundance Film Festival and will make its international premiere this weekend at the Berlin International Film Festival.
The film follows the friendship formed between 13-year-olds Jake (Taplitz) and Tony (Barbieri), while also examining the tensions between their parents (Kinnear, Ehle, Garcia) in modern New York.
“‘Little Men’ is a true gem of a film,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “Ira Sachs has consistently been making beautiful, even-handed stories with rich, real-life characters and we’re really looking forward to working together on this one.”
Written by Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias, “Little Men” was produced by Lucas Joaquin, Cristos V. Konstantakopoulos, L.A. Teodosio, Jim Lande and Sachs, while Tom Dolby, Dom Genest, Matthew Helderman and several others served as executive producers.
The deal was negotiated by Magnolia SVP of Acquisitions Dori Begley and Magnolia VP of Acquisitions John Von Thaden, along with WME Global and Paul Brennan of Bruns, Brennan & Berry on behalf of the filmmakers.