Variance picks up ‘Park Bench’

Company nabs N.A. rights to indie musical

Two-year-old Variance Films has acquired North American theatrical rights to indie musical “Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench” and soccer docu “After the Cup: Sons of Sakhnin United.”

Variance will release “Guy and Madeline” in late summer with Mangusta Prods. providing P&A. Pic’s written and directed by Damien Chazelle, stars Jason Palmer and was produced by Jasmine McGlade, Mihai Dinulescu and W.A.W. Parker.

“After the Cup” tells the story of the first team from an Arab town to win the Israeli Cup and represent Israel in European competition. Variance will release the pic May 21 in New York and May 28 in Los Angeles to take advantage of interest in the World Cup in June, followed by a theatrical expansion and a national video-on-demand release later in the summer.

The docu was directed by Christopher Browne, co-directed by Alexander H. Browne and produced by Roger Bennet, Alexander H. Browne and Michael Cohen.

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