IFC shows affection for Toback’s ‘ Loved’

Project reteams helmer with producer Rotholz

A correction was made to this article on May 3, 2004.

NEW YORK — IFC Films has acquired North American distribution rights to James Toback’s “When Will I Be Loved,” a sexy thriller starring Neve Campbell, Dominic Chianese, Fred Weller and Joelle Carter.

Project reteams Toback with his “Black and White” producer Ron Rotholz of London-based banner Rotholz Pictures, with financing from Intl. Film Collective. Exec producers are Robert Bevan, Keith Hayley and Charlie Savill of Little Wing Films.

Pic puts a steamy post-feminist twist on a classic Hollywood black widow scenario. Campbell plays a beautiful independent woman who improvises an elegant payback scheme to turn the tables on two condescending men who have taken her for granted.

“It is refreshing to find a film that is so unabashed,” said IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring. “IFC is all about encouraging the unique views of innovative artists. This project encapsulates that. Jim has a very specific, contemporary vision and we’re keen to champion it.”

“IFC is a great team of hip, young, witty, smart, movie-mad energizers,” said Toback. “The film is a rare and lucky case of original intentions realized and even transcended.”

Deal was negotiated by IFC Films director of acquisitions Sarah Lash. An August theatrical release is planned.

IFC this weekend opened Canadian maverick Guy Maddin’s “The Saddest Music in the World.” Still in theaters for the company is mountain-climbing pic “Touching the Void,” now the top-grossing docu release of 2004 and among the top 10 non-fiction U.S. theatrical releases of all time with a cume of $4 million.

At Cannes, IFC will unveil Xan Cassavetes’ docu feature “Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession,” about the first Los Angeles cable net, which operated from 1974-89 and became a bastion of independent film culture. Pic screens in the Official Selection out of competition.