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Sundance: Magnolia Acquires Ira Sachs Drama ‘Little Men’

Magnolia Pictures has nabbed U.S. rights to Ira Sachs’ “Little Men,” a coming-of-age drama that grapples with topics such as class and gentrification.

The film premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it drew strong reviews, particularly for the performances of its two youthful leads, Theo Taplitz and Michael Barbieri. “Little Men” centers on two teenagers whose friendship is tested when their parents become embroiled in a real estate dispute. Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle and Paulina Garcia co-star in the picture.

In a positive notice, Variety critic Peter Debruge wrote that “Little Men” is a “little movie brimming with little truths about modern life. It won’t change the world, but it does understand it.”

The film is the third collaboration between Sachs and co-writer Mauricio Zacharias, following “Love Is Strange” and “Keep the Lights On,” and forms a loose trilogy exploring modern urban life. It will screen this weekend at the Berlin Film Festival.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. It was negotiated by Magnolia SVP of acquisitions Dori Begley and Magnolia VP of acquisitions John Von Thaden, with WME Global and Paul Brennan of Bruns, Brennan & Berry on behalf of the filmmakers.

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