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IFC acquires ‘Liberal Arts’

Josh Radnor comedy stars Elizabeth Olsen, Richard Jenkins

IFC Films has acquired North American rights to writer-director-producer Josh Radnor’s “Liberal Arts,” which will be given a theatrical release later this year.

In addition to Radnor, pic was produced by financier BCDF Pictures partners Brice Dal Farra, Claude Dal Farra and Lauren Munsch, as well as Jesse Hara of Tom Sawyer Entertainment, the management and production company he runs with Rachel Miller.

Radnor (“happythankyoumoreplease”) stars as a newly-single man who returns to his alma mater for his favorite professor’s retirement dinner. A chance meeting with a precocious, classical music-loving sophomore awakens in him long-dormant feelings of possibility and connection.

Last year’s Sundance It-girl Elizabeth Olsen (“Martha Marcy May Marlene”) co-stars alongside Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney, John Magaro and “Twilight” thesp Elizabeth Reaser.

Deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, senior VP of acquisitions and productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films, with The Gersh Agency negotiating on behalf of the filmmakers.

“There is a reason this is one of the hottest films at Sundance right now. Josh Radnor delivers a poignant and smart comedy, with incredible acting and a terrific screenplay,” said Sundance Selects/IFC Films prexy Jonathan Sehring. “We are also very happy to be continuing our relationship with the great people at BCDF Pictures.”

“We have really enjoyed working with Josh Radnor and this incredible cast on Liberal Arts,” said BCDF. “IFC’s collaborative spirit and passion for the film makes them the perfect distributor. We are pleased to be continuing our relationship with Jonathan Sehring, Arianna Bocco, and the entire IFC team.”

“Josh has crafted a beautiful film that is both moving and incredibly funny,” added Hara. “As someone who grew up watching and loving IFC films, I am so excited to partner with them in bringing this movie to audiences.”

BCDF Pictures (“Higher Ground”) has two other high profile titles at Sundance; Leslye Headland’s raunchy comedy “Bachelorette,” starring Kirstein Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, Isla Fisher and Rebel Wilson, as well as “Predisposed,” which stars Jesse Eisenberg, Melissa Leo and Tracy Morgan. Company recently produced Bruce Beresford’s “Peace, Love & Misunderstanding,” which IFC Films will distribute in North American this summer. Pic stars Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener, Chace Crawford and Olsen.

“How I Met Your Mother Star” Radnor wrote, directed and starred in “happythankyoumoreplease,” which won the Audience Award at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

IFC Films is a sister division to IFC Midnight and Sundance Selects, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.

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