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Toronto: IFC Nabs Kristen Wiig Film ‘Hateship Loveship’

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IFC Films has bought U.S. rights to Liza Johnson’s “Hateship Loveship.”

Terms of the deal were not disclosed and the company did not reveal its release plans.

Based on a short story by Alice Munro, the film scored respectable reviews when it premiered at this year’s Toronto Film Festival, with many critics praising Kristen Wiig‘s muted turn as a shy caregiver.

In addition to the “Bridesmaids” star, the film boasts an impressive cast that includes Guy Pearce, Hailee Steinfeld, Nick Nolte, Christine Lahti and Jennifer Jason Leigh and Sami Gayle.

The film follows Wiig’s character as she is hired by a man (Nick Nolte) to serve as housekeeper and to look after his granddaughter Sabitha (Hailee Steinfeld).

“We were floored by Kristen Wiig‘s extraordinary performance in ‘Hateship Loveship,’ as well as the strong ensemble cast of outstanding actors,” Jonathan Sehring, president of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, said. “This film is a touching examination of family dynamics and we think US audiences are going to relate both to the film and to Kristen’s brilliant character.”