Acquires North American and some foreign rights to Mike Birbiglia laffer
IFC Films has acquired standup comic Mike Birbiglia’s comedy “Sleepwalk With Me” for North America and several foreign territories.
Pic premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Fest and won the audience award in the NEXT category.
Modestly budgeted indie follows the day-to-day indecisions and nocturnal perambulations of a commitment-phobic New Yorker, played by Birbiglia, who in real life suffers from REM sleep behavior disorder — sleepwalking — which caused him to run out of a second-story motel window while on tour in Walla Walla, Wash., resulting in 33 stitches in his leg.
Lauren Ambrose (“Wanderlust,” “Six Feet Under”) co-stars as Birbiglia’s girlfriend, forced to endure not only his nocturnal misadventures, but his passive, noncommittal nature and less-than-aggressive pursuit of a comedy career.
Based on his one-man show, Birbiglia directed and wrote the script with Joe Birbiglia, Seth Barrish and “This American Life” host Ira Glass, who produced with Jacob Jaffke. Brian Bedol exec produced.
Variety film critic Peter Debruge called the laffer a “warm, perceptive debut” that should “launch Birbiglia in a big way.”
Pic screens this week at the South By Southwest Film Fest.
“‘Sleepwalk With Me’ is an utterly charming and funny film that we’re thrilled to be releasing,” said Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films. “It’s not a secret that Mike Birbiglia is a funny guy, but this film will also establish him as a serious actor/writer/director.”
Sale was repped by UTA.