Radiant Films International Takes ‘Hungry Hearts’ World Rights (Exclusive)

Mimi Steinbauer’s Radiant Films International has acquired world rights outside Italy to Italian director Saverio Costanzo’s Brooklyn-set suspence drama “Hungry Hearts,” which stars Adam Driver and hot Italian actress Alba Rohrwacher (“I Am Love”) as a couple expecting a baby whom the mother believes is an “indigo” child.

Produced by innovative Italo shingle Wildside, “Hungry Hearts” will be bowing at Venice, in competition, and subsequently having its North-American preem as a Special Presentation in Toronto. RAI Cinema’s 01 Distribution arm will release the film in Italy.

Prominent French distributor BAC Films has acquired rights for France.

Venice fest topper Alberto Barbera at a recent Rome press conference said he is  hoping Adam Driver will take time from the shoot of “Star Wars: Episode VII,” in which Driver plays the main villain, to come tubthump “Hungry Hearts” on the Lido.

In “Hearts” Driver and Rohrwacher play a couple named Jude and Mina who meet while stuck in a Brooklyn restaurant restroom. They fall in love, move in together, get married. Then things get strange while they are anticipating the arrival of their baby after a spiritual guide tells Mina she is bearing an “indigo” child who is sensitive and gifted and needs to be kept pure. 

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Pic marks the first English-language foray for Costanzo who broke out internationally with his first feature “Private,” about the Isreali-Palestinian conflict, which won the 2004 Locarno Golden Leopard. Two othe features followed, “In Memory of Me” and “The Solitude of Prime Numbers.” More recently Costanzo shot the Italian version of “In Treatment,” aired in Italy by Sky Italia.

Los Angeles-based Radiant Films International is an international sales company launched in 2012 by Steinbauer, an international sales veteran. It is funded through private equity sources and acquires and distributes between 6-8 theatrical titles per year.

Radiant’s current slate includes “The Driftless Area,” directed by Zachary Sluser, starring Anton Yelchin, Zooey Deschanel and Frank Langella set to start shooting on May 14; “Madame Bovary,” directed by Sophie Barthes with Mia Wasikowska, Paul Giamatti and Ezra Miller; and “Rudderless,” directed by William H. Macy and starring Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin and Selena Gomez which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and will be released by Paramount/Samuel Goldwyn Films later this year.


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