Abel Ferrara pic stars Willem Dafoe
IFC Films has acquired North American rights to Abel Ferrara’s apocalyptic ”4:44 Last Day on Earth.”IFC made the announcement Wednesday at the Toronto Film Festival. Ferrara wrote the screenplay for ”4:44,” which stars Willem Dafoe, Shanyn Leigh, Paz de la Huerta, and Natasha Lyonne and was produced by Fabula, Funny Balloons, and Wild Bunch. The film premiered earlier this month at the Venice Film Festival and will screen at the upcoming New York Film Festival. ”4:44” exlplores how people would spend their final hours on Earth by focusing on a New York couple (Dafoe and Leigh) cycling through moments of anxiety, ecstasy, and torpor. The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films with Carole Baraton at Wild Bunch on behalf of the filmmakers. IFC Films is a sister division to Sundance Selects and IFC Midnight, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks.