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IFC Films closes U.S. on ‘Frances Ha’

Banner closes rights for North America and Latin America on Greta Gerwig starrer

IFC Films has closed North and Latin American rights for Noah Baumbach’s “Frances Ha,” starring Greta Gerwig.

Variety reported on Sept. 12 that IFC was in talks for the rights during the Toronto Intl. Film Festival following its screening there. IFC made the announcement Thursday at the New York Film Festival.

Co-written by Baumbach and Gerwig, B+W pic co-stars Mickey Sumner and “Girls” thesp Adam Driver, who was recently named one of Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch in 2012. Story is set in Brooklyn and follows the title character (Gerwig) as she opens her heart to love.

Scott Rudin produced “Frances Ha” with Baumbach, Rodrigo Teixeira of RT Features and Lila Yacoub, who exec produced Baumbach’s “Greenberg.” Fernando Loureiro and Lourenco Sant’Anna exec produce “Frances Ha” for RT Features.

Pic debuted at Telluride, where Variety film critic Peter Debruge wrote that it delivers “an affectionate, stylishly black-and-white portrait of a still-unfledged Gotham gal,” and that with Baumbach’s help, Gerwig’s perf captures “the spirit of a generation in a film whose appeal should resonate well beyond the demographic it depicts.”

UTA, led by Rich Klubeck and Rena Ronson, repped the filmmakers in the deal. Arianna Bocco repped IC.

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