IFC falls in ‘Love’ with Howard-helmed indie

Winger to star in pic based on Brown book

IFC Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Arliss Howard’s directorial debut “Big Bad Love,” starring and produced by Debra Winger.

Based on a book of short stories by Larry Brown, “Big Bad Love” was penned by Arliss, who co-stars, and James Howard. Rosanna Arquette, Angie Dickinson and Paul Le Mat play supporting roles.

“We are really excited to work with Arliss,” said Bob Berney, senior veep of marketing and distribution for IFC Films. “He’s made a poetic, intense freight train of a film, and it’s great to see Debra back on screen.”

“Big Bad Love” interweaves the stories of a Vietnam vet (Howard), his ex-wife (Winger), a son on the verge of adolescence, and a small daughter with an incurable illness.

Berney and Sarah Lash, director of acquisitions, negotiated the deal on behalf of IFC; Robert Stulberg of Armstrong Hirsch brokered the deal for the filmmakers.

One-year-old IFC Films has in release “Together,” a comedy from Swedish director Lukas Moodysson; Brad Anderson’s “Happy Accidents,” starring Marisa Tomei and Vincent D’Onofrio; and Alfonso Cuaron’s erotic coming of age story “Y Tu Mama Tambien.” The shingle will also release Sundance pics “Go Tigers!” and “The Business of Strangers,” starring Stockard Channing and Julia Stiles, among other films.

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