The film, by the Duplass brothers, debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year
LOS ANGELES, CA / ACCESSWIRE / November 17, 2021 / Cinedigm today announced that the Company has acquired all North American rights to the romantic comedy 7 days, which premiered at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival. The film stars Karan Soni (Deadpool, office Christmas party), who also co-wrote the film, Geraldine Viswanathan (Blockers, poor education), Gita Reddy (Orange is the new black), Zenobia Shroff (the seriously ill), Aparna Nancherla (The big North) and Mark Duplass (The morning show). The romantic comedy is set to hit theaters in early 2022.
7 days was written and directed by Roshan Sethi, who began his writing career as a student at Harvard Medical School and co-created Fox’s The resident while completing his residency. 7 days follows Ravi (Soni) and Rita (Viswanathan) who are settled by their traditional Indian parents on an agreed date and seemingly have nothing in common. He’s conservative and nervous as she tries her best to continue to smile politely. When a safe-in-place warrant is issued as the COVID epidemic escalates, Ravi is forced to stay overnight at Rita’s. Soon he sees that she is not the straight girl she claimed to be. As their time together spans a full week, the couple develop an unlikely bond, and in the face of a heart-wrenching turn of events, that bond becomes something stronger.
“Thanks to the skillful direction of Roshan Sethi, 7 days reminds us that the best relationships surprise us, make us better people and push us out of our comfort zones, âsaid Yolanda Macias, Director of Content at Cinedigm. âKaran Soni and Geraldine Viswanathan bring awesome comedic timing and genuine emotion to their roles on these two charming, flawed, and utterly relatable romantic tracks. We are excited to share this festival favorite with audiences around the world. “
âWe made this film as an ode of love to the traditional arranged marriages that have uplifted a lot of us,â Sethi said. âThe story is meant to both epitomize and subvert expectations of romantic comedies. We think it’s a love story you’ve never seen before, rooted in the hilarity and warmth of the Indo-American culture. “
“Having worked with Karan when he was an actor on Security not assured and later on his directorial debut in Room 104, I was thrilled when he and Roshan brought this project to us, “said executive producer Duplass.”7 days represents millions of stories, not only of where you were when this hellish year happened, but who you were with when it all changed. I think audiences will see themselves in these characters because they represent a real part of all of us, and I hope they will feel good about this hilarious, unique and heartfelt story. “
After the film’s world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, 7 days has been screened at festivals around the world including the Bentonville Film Festival (Best Narrative Feature), San Diego Asian Film Festival (Best Narrative Feature), Naples International Film Festival (Best First Feature), BFI London and the Nashville Film Festival. Sethi, Soni and Viswanathan will then be featured in the New American Perspectives program at the Hawaii International Film Festival. This recognition celebrates the contributions of immigrants to cinema and the three filmmakers will also present a master class on their collaboration and work in film and television during this period.
7 days features an original Bollywood-style song: âDesi Spider-Manâ, written by Jonathan Camacho, Vamsi Kalakuntla and Andrew Tinker; Performed by Vamsi and produced by Andrew Tinker.
producers of 7 days include Liz Cardenas (Independent Spirit Award nominee 2019 for the John Cassavetes Award for Never come back) and Mel Eslyn (winner of the 2016 Independent Spirit Awards – Producers Award), with Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass, Soni, Sethi and Viswanathan as executive producers, and Maddie Buis as co-producer.
The deal was negotiated by Melody Fowler, vice president of acquisitions, on behalf of Cinedigm and ICM Partners on behalf of the film. The Duplass Brothers Productions are replaced by ICMP.
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ABOUT DUPLASS BROTHERS PRODUCTIONS
Under their Duplass Brothers Productions (DBP) banner, award-winning filmmakers Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass and Mel Eslyn create original projects for film, television and digital media. On television, DBP struck a premier deal with HBO, which resulted in the hit ROOM 104 series, TOGETHERNESS and the HBO ANIMALS animated series, which sold out after its premiere at Sundance in 2015. Currently , DBP is producing a series for HBO starring Bridget Everett.
DBP is also active in the docuseries television space, best known for producing Netflix’s WILD WILD COUNTRY, winner of the 2018 Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series. Most recently, DBP produced the popular series THE LADY AND THE DALE on HBO, which followed Elizabeth Carmichael, a larger-than-life entrepreneur who rose to prominence in the 1970s with her promotion of a fuel-efficient three-wheeler known as The Dale. The team also produced Hulu’s SASQUATCH, ON TOUR WITH ASPERGER’S ARE US for HBO and EVIL GENIUS for Netflix.
In cinema, Mark and Jay were first recognized in the early 2000s for writing, directing and producing several acclaimed independent films and studios, including THE PUFFY CHAIR, BAGHEAD, CYRUS and JEFF, WHO LIVE AT HOME. DBP’s many feature films over the following decades included THE ONE I LOVE, TANGERINE, SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED, CREEP (1 & 2), THE OVERNIGHT, BLUE JAY, HORSE GIRL, PADDLETON, OUTSIDE IN, DUCK BUTTER and THE SKELETON TWINS. DBP recently released Natalie Morales’ first film, LANGUAGE LESSONS, as well as the documentary NOT GOING QUIETLY on the life and work of activist Ady Barkan.
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