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IFC Films Acquires David Lowery’s ‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’

Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck star in the film, which Lowery wrote and directed

IFC Films has acquired domestic distribution rights to David Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” which premiered Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival.

The film stars Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck as married bandits in 1970s Texas who set their sights on a local sheriff, played by Ben Foster.

IFC paid in the low seven figures for the rights, an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap.

“Coming into Sundance, this was one of the biggest titles on our list and probably on many buyers lists, and so we ecstatic about this acquisition for our company,” Jonathan Sehring, president of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, said in a statement. “This is a beautiful and exquisitely crafted romantic American drama, with superlative performances across the board.  We are honored to now be able to say we get to work with David Lowery, a remarkable new voice in filmmaking, as we take this film to audiences.”

This is just the second film directed by Lowery, a Texan with numerous editing credits to his name, including another film that premiered at Sundance – Shane Carruth’s “Upstream Color.” Toby Sailor Bear’s Toby Halbrooks and James M. Johnston produced the movie with Parts & Labor’s Jay Van Hoy and Lars Knudsen and Primary Productions’ Amy Kaufman and Cassian Elwes.

Elwes and WME made the deal with IFC.

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