Indie drama to preem by year's end

Hannover House has acquired North American rights to Justin Lerner’s indie drama “Girlfriend,” on the heels of its world premiere at the Toronto film festival.

The deal, announced Friday, comes a year after the film’s start of production. Hannover House said it plans to release “Girlfriend” by the end of the year.

Pic was produced by Wayne/Lauren Film Co. in association with PatchMo Entertainment. Hannover House noted in the announcement that “Girlfriend” stars Evan Sneider, the first actor with Down syndrome to be cast as a leading man in an American film.

Amanda Plummer and Jackson Rathbone also with Shannon Woodward in the title role of a small town single mom who’s pursued romantically by a young man with Down’s Syndrome.

Lerner wrote and directed “Girlfriend,” his debut feature. He also wrote and directed the “The Replacement Child.”

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