IFC Entertainment has acquired Todd Solondz’s “Life During Wartime,” the writer-helmer’s latest ensemble drama.
Pic, which includes characters from Solondz’s films “Welcome to the Dollhouse” and “Happiness,” is billed as a combination sequel and variation on “Happiness.”
Cast includes Allison Janney, Ciaran Hinds and Paul Reubens. Christine Kunewa Walker and Derrick Tseng produced.
“Todd Solondz is one of the most original voices in American filmmaking today,” said IFC prexy Jonathan Sehring, who described the movie as “darkly funny and bittersweet.”
“Wartime” preemed at the in 2009 Venice fest, where it won the screenplay prize. IFC will release the film this summer in theaters and via its same-day VOD platform.
IFC has also picked up Gaspar Noe’s Cannes competition pic “Enter the Void.”
The film from Argentine-French auteur Noe (“Irreversible”) will have its U.S. preem Friday at Sundance.
“Enter” stars Nathaniel Brown, Paz de la Huerta and Cyril Roy. The dreamlike, Tokyo-set pic concerns a drug-dealing teen who, after he’s killed, reappears as a ghost to watch over his sister.