IFC acquires Sundance pic ‘Predisposed’

Jesse Eisenberg, Melissa Leo, Tracy Morgan star in pic

IFC Films has acquired North American rights to Philip Dorling and Ron Nyswaner’s Sundance pic “Predisposed,” which stars Jesse Eisenberg, Melissa Leo and Tracy Morgan.

Eisenberg stars as a piano prodigy who must deal with his troubled mother (Leo) and a hapless drug dealer (Morgan) on the day he has an audition for a prestigious music program. Events spiral comically out of control as this gang of misfits are forced to deal with their inner demons over the course of the day.

Nyswaner, who wrote the script with Dorling, produced with Neda Armian and Paul Prokop, as well as Brice Dal Farra, Claude Dal Farra and Lauren Munsch of BCDF Pictures.

Deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco of Sundance Selects/IFC Films with ICM and UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers.

“Phil Dorling and Ron Nyswaner have made a film as funny as it is moving with ‘Predisposed’ featuring terrific performances,” said Jonathan Sehring, prexy of Sundance Selects/IFC Films.

“We could not be more pleased to be working with IFC on the release of ‘Predisposed,’ BCDF Pictures and Armian Pictures said in a joint statement. “We love IFC’s classy taste and their passion for the film is unparalleled.”

“We are delighted to have IFC releasing our film. IFC is synonymous with independent filmmaking, and we are confident in their ability to distribute the picture,” added Dorling and Nyswaner.

As Variety first reported, IFC Films acquired Josh Radnor’s “Liberal Arts” and Antonio Campos’ “Simon Killer” at Sundance, as well as “Room 237,” Rodney Ascher’s documentary about Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining.”