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Gravitas Buys Martin Landau’s Final Movie ‘Abe’s Last Poker Game’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to “Abe’s Last Poker Game,” starring the late Martin Landau in his final film along with Paul Sorvino.

The drama, formerly “The Last Poker Game,” premiered in April at the Tribeca Film Festival. Landau died in July at the age of 89.

“Abe’s Last Poker Game” will premiere in 10 theatrical markets, including the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles and Cinema Village in New York, and on demand on Jan. 12.

Howard L. Weiner produced and directed from his own script. Besides Weiner, producers are Marshall Johnson, Eddie Rubin, and Peter Pastorelli. Executive producers are Walter Klenhard and Tamar Sela.

Landau portrays a husband who moves into a nursing home with his deteriorating wife and forms an improbable relationship with a gambler and womanizer, played by Sorvino, and soon realizes that his life is finding a whole new beginning. The friendship is challenged when a mysterious nurse, played by Maria Dizzia, claims that her biological father resides in the home — with both men attempting to convince her and themselves that they are her father.

Martin Landau and Paul Sorvino give the best performances of their careers in this dramatic and comic view of life’s last epoch,” Weiner said. “The film shows that it is never too late for life and we are so excited to be working with Gravitas and their great team.”

Weiner is a first-time filmmaker and was a pioneer in using immunotherapy to treat multiple sclerosis. He is also the Robert L. Kroc Professor of Neurology at the Harvard Medical School; director and founder of the Partners MS Center; co-director of the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham Women’s Hospital; and the author of “Curing MS.”

The deal for “Abe’s Last Poker Game” was negotiated by Josh Spector on behalf of Gravitas and by Kevin Iwashina of Preferred Content on behalf of the filmmakers.

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