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Bel Powley Comedy ‘Carrie Pilby’ Sells to The Orchard

The Orchard has picked up North American rights to “Carrie Pilby,” a comedy with “Diary of a Teenage Girl” star Bel Powley.

Carrie Pilby” centers on a precocious girl who flew through Harvard, graduating at 18, as she grapples with hypocrisy, morality and relationships. Nathan Lane co-stars as a shrink who tries to get Carrie to tick off a list of goals between Thanksgiving and the end of the year.

The film premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival to largely positive notices. Variety‘s Dennis Harvey was mixed on the film, calling it “unclever,” but the Guardian’s Jordan Hoffman praised Powley and hailed the picture as “a very happy and upbeat film.” It was seen by distributors as having some commercial potential.

The film is based on a best-selling novel by Caren Lissner and also stars Gabriel Byrne, Vanessa Bayer, Colin O’Donoghue, William Moseley and Jason Ritter. Susan Johnson directs the film and produced it with Suzanne Farwell, Susan Cartsonis, Brent Emery and Lisa Wolofsky. The Orchard will release the picture early in 2017.

The Orchard is a relative newcomer to the indie film space, having made its bones in the music business. It has previously distributed “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” “The Overnight,” and “Cartel Land.”

The deal was negotiated by Danielle DiGiacomo on behalf of The Orchard with ICM Partners and UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers. Johnson is represented by Gersh.

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