Los Angeles, CA – February 24th, 2015 – The Orchard announced today that the company is acquiring North American rights to Sebastian Silva’s award-winning film NASTY BABY, starring Silva, Kristen Wiig, Tunde Adebimpe, Reg E. Cathey and Alia Shawkat. The film, with an original screenplay by Silva, made its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, followed by a European premiere last week at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival, where it was awarded the festival’s Teddy Award. The film was produced by Juan de Dios Larraín, Pablo Larraín, Charlie Dibe, David Hinojosa and Julia Oh, and executive produced by Silva, Christine Vachon, Peter Danner, Pape Boye, and Violaine Pichon. Shawkat served as a co-producer on the film. The Orchard will release the film later this year.
From acclaimed director and screenwriter Sebastián Silva (Crystal Fairy, Magic Magic, The Maid), NASTY BABY tells the story of a modern problem – a gay couple (played by Silva and Tunde Adebimpe) are trying to have a baby with their best friend (played by Kristen Wiig). Their plans are disrupted by growing harassment from a menacing neighborhood local known as ‘The Bishop’ (played by Reg E. Cathey). As their clashes become increasingly aggressive, it is only a matter of time before someone gets hurt.
“In a sea of feel-good dramas and sweet romantic comedies, we feel lucky to have found the anti-thesis to both in Nasty Baby,” said The Orchard’s SVP of Film & TV, Paul Davidson. “We love Sebastian’s film, its commitment to finding the humor in everyday life, and are excited to partner on its release.”
When asked for comment, Silva referenced a quote by Jiddu Krishnamurti: “One is never afraid of the unknown; one is afraid of the known coming to an end.”
The producers said jointly: “Our hope in bringing NASTY BABY to Sundance was to find a partner that is both passionate and inventive in its release strategy. That’s exactly what we have in The Orchard. Like NASTY BABY, they are rule breakers and we’re excited to surprise audiences together.”
The deal was negotiated by Craig Sussman, Senior Director of Acquisitions for The Orchard, with UTA Independent Film Group in association with Versatile and Funny Balloons, on behalf of the filmmakers. Versatile, in association with Funny Balloons, is handling all foreign sales.
Silva is represented at UTA and by attorney Iddo Arrad. Wiig is represented at UTA and by attorney Karl Austen.
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The Orchard also picked up North American rights to Patrick Brice’s THE OVERNIGHT starring Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzman; Joe Swanberg’s DIGGING FOR FIRE starring Jake Johnson and Rosemarie DeWitt; and Matthew Heineman’s gripping documentary CARTEL LAND at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.