By Nicole Caico
Filmrise, a film acquisition and distribution company, has bought the rights to Maris Curran’s film “Five Nights in Maine.”
The film was debuted at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, in the category of Discovery, just five months ago. “Five Nights in Maine” is a debut feature from producer and writer, Maris Curran. The film follows David Oyelowo’s character, Sherwin, as he processes the tragic death of his wife, Fiona (played by Hani Furstenburg), and visits his cancer-stricken mother-in-law (played by Dianne Wiest) in rural Maine.
In an interview with Tina Poppy for filmmakermagazine.com, Curran said that while the film focuses largely on mourning and grief, it also deals with “race—but not in a Hollywood, Capital R way.” Whether it is race or grief being addressed in the film, both are sensitive topics that people are often reluctant to speak about. In the same interview with Poppy, Curran explains her finding that when she speaks about the themes of grief and race in the film, people are more willing to be vulnerable, and to share stories of their own personal experience.
Indiewire.com sited an official statement from Curran. “The film explores universal themes of lost love, connection and empathy,” she said “Having shared the film to enthusiastic festival audiences, I am elated that FilmRise will be releasing the film theatrically for a wider audience to discover ‘Five Nights in Maine.'”
The film will come out in theaters across New York, Los Angeles, and other major cities, while also available on digital and VOD platforms. The film has been given a rating of 8 out of 10 on IMDb.com, but moviegoers will be able to rate the 82 minute-long-film for themselves this summer.