Fox Searchlight Acquires Baumbach's New Film 'Mistress America'
by Alex Billington
January 10, 2015
Some very early Sundance news a few weeks before the festival kicks off. Fox Searchlight has officially announced that they've acquired Noah Baumbach's latest film Mistress America for worldwide release. This is one of two new Baumbach films coming up, the other being While We're Young which just premiered at TIFF 2014 last fall, and will be released in spring by A24 Films. Mistress America is premiering at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in just a few weeks, and stars Baumbach's muse Greta Gerwig as well as newcomer Lola Kirke. Fox Searchlight will release the film in 2015, but an exact date hasn't been set yet.
Here's the original plot listing for Mistress America from Sundance 2015 to get an idea of what it's about:
Tracy, a lonely college freshman in New York, is rescued from her solitude by her soon-to-be stepsister Brooke, an adventurous gal about town who entangles her in alluringly mad schemes. Mistress America is a comedy about dream-chasing, score-settling, makeshift families, and cat-stealing.
Sounds like fun. Baumbach's Mistress America will premiere on Saturday, January 24th at the Sundance Film Festival. "Noah's distinct cinematic voice and keen sense of humor are an ideal fit for what we do at Searchlight. We are thrilled to be working with Noah and Greta and couldn't be more excited to be taking their new collaboration to audiences," said Searchlight Pictures Presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula. The indie studio has not released a Baumbach film yet, but has been trying to work with the filmmaker and seemed interested in While We're Young. Now they'll be giving all of their support to this film instead, and it seems like a smart move. We'll be at the premiere in a few weeks and will report back with our initial review.