Call Jane With Elizabeth Banks acquired by Roadside Attractions

Roadside Attractions has picked up the US rights to “Call Jane,” the abortion period drama that stars Elizabeth Banks and premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Phyllis Nagy (“Carol”) directed the film which also stars Sigourney Weaver. Roadside is planning a theatrical release of the film this fall.

“Call Jane” is set in 1968 Chicago and follows a suburban housewife named Joy who suffers from a life-threatening heart condition as a result of her pregnancy and discovers that an all-male medical facility is unwilling to help her. to abort. Her journey to find a solution leads her to two women who are committed to women’s health and who dream of giving all women access to abortion. Together they form a clandestine abortion service for women that puts every aspect of her own life on the line.

The film is based on a true story, and the story of the clandestine network of abortion women was also told in another documentary film shown at Sundance, “The Janes”. But TheWrap’s reviewer from Sundance praised Nagy’s direction for finding a clever narrative hook to the drama, writing, “What makes Nagy’s dramatization the perfect complement to the non-fiction based on recounted testimonies of the inside is that she is artfully crafted from Hayley Schore and Roshan Sethi’s screenplay should be a journey from the outside in, showing how reality can require a personal and political awakening.

In addition to Banks and Weaver, “Call Jane” also stars Wunni Mosaku, Chris Messina, Kate Mara, Cory Michael Smith, Grace Edwards and John Magaro.

Hayley Schore and Roshan Sethi wrote the screenplay for Nagy’s directorial debut. “Call Jane” is produced by Robbie Brenner, David Wulf and Kevin McKeon.

Additional producers include Lee Broda, Claude Amadeo and Michael D’Alto, and the film’s executive producers include Peter Touche, Christelle Conan, Judy Bart, Erica Kahn, Chris Triana, Randall B. Sandler, Joseph Lanius, Leal Naim, Michelle Campbell mason. , Jeffrey Hecktman, Patricia Lawley, Iris Smith, Gretchen Sisson, Amanda Kiely, Tai Lopez, Thomas Burke and Jeff Rice.

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In addition to a low-profile, mostly female creative team, including photography by Greta Zozula, production design by Jona Tochet, costume design by Julie Weiss, editing by Peter McNulty, and casting by Sheila Jaffe and Bryan Riley, the film also features a soundtrack composed mostly of female artists faithful to the 1960s period.

“Phyllis Nagy’s brilliant film is inspiring, fierce and so relevant to our times,” Roadside Attractions co-presidents Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff said in a statement. “Elizabeth Banks, in a powerful and moving performance, with the masterful Sigourney Weaver, leads an extraordinary cast to deliver an unforgettable story of women who challenge the power structure to support each other and do what they believe is right. .”

“The filmmakers and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with Roadside Attractions,” added producer Robbie Bremmer. “I have known Eric and Howard for decades and their commitment to bringing great films to theaters is unwavering. They have supported this film and its vision since its inception, and I am thrilled to present this beautifully directed, acted and important film to the world. by their side.

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Roadside Attractions also reprized “Emily the Criminal” with Aubrey Plaza in partnership with Vertical Entertainment, and ahead of the festival they backed drama and thriller “Alice” with Keke Palmer and Common.

Howard Cohen negotiated on behalf of Roadside Attractions and UTA Independent Film Group negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers. Protagonist Pictures holds international distribution rights.

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