Variance scores ‘Beauty’ deal

Sundance romancer to hit theaters April 12

Variance Films has acquired all North American theatrical rights to Terence Nance’s romancer “An Oversimplification of Her Beauty,” a year after its debut at Sundance.

Variance will release the film in the U.S. and Canada on April 12. Cinema Guild will release the film on DVD and digital platforms in late summer.

Nance’s debut feature documents a relationship as it teeters on the divide between platonic and romantic in a combination of live action and multiple styles of animation.

“Beauty” is a Media MVMT production and was produced by Nance, Andrew D Corkin and James Bartlett. Exec producers include Jay-Z, Wyatt Cenac, Dream Hampton, and Joy Bryant. It was an official selection of the Rotterdam, Santa Barbara, San Francisco International, Los Angeles, and Traverse City festivals and won the Gotham Award for “Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You.”

Variance also acquired rights to two other films from last year’s Sundance — Spike Lee’s “Red Hook Summer” and Mark Webber’s “The End of Love.”

Variety’s Peter Debruge gave “Beauty” a positive review: “Hip auds are likely to fall for this endearing love poem, which should travel well in arty alternative-programming circles after debuting in Sundance’s experimental New Frontier section.”

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