NEW YORK, NEW YORK (October 27, 2022) – IFC Films announced today that it has acquired the North American rights to the kinetic and vibrant debut film GOD’S TIME from writer and director Daniel Antebi. Financed and produced by Topic Studios and Raven Capital Management, and produced by Watch This Ready, the film had its world premiere at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival in the American Narrative Competition, where it won a Special Jury Mention for Best performance for actress Liz Caribel. . GOD’S TIME stars Ben Groh in his feature debut, Dion Costelloe (The devil), Liz Caribel (Ellen, Pussy Island) and Jared Abrahamson (American animals). The film was produced by Emily Korteweg on behalf of Watch This Ready, Andrew Hutcheson, Reid Hannaford and was produced by Ryan Heller, Michael Bloom and Maria Zuckerman for Topic Studios; Michael Covino and Kyle Marvin for Watch This Ready; Raven’s James Masciello, Matthew Sidari and Mitchell Zhang; and Josh Peters and Eddy Vallante. IFC Films will release the film in select theaters and on VOD on February 24, 2023 and premiere exclusively on AMC+ in Spring 2023.
IN GOD’S TIME, Dev (Ben Groh) and Luca (Dion Costelloe), best friends and recovering drug addicts, are secretly in love with fellow drug addict Regina (Liz Caribel). At each meeting, they hear her share her wild fantasy of killing her evil ex-boyfriend. But one day, she changes her share; now she looks serious. This launches Dev and Luca on a 24-hour odyssey through pandemic-ridden New York City to save Regina from making a life-altering mistake. As their friendship is pushed to the brink, Dev and Luca realize their bond is unbreakable.
Arianna Bocco, President of IFC Films, added, “Daniel Antebi’s energetic debut, GOD’S TIME, grabs your attention. Hysterical, dark and empathetic at the same time, he pulled off a balancing act that will say a lot about a young and exciting new audience. We are proud to support this new voice and share it with North American audiences. »
Director-screenwriter Daniel Antebi added, “Although this is my first feature film, I can assure you that this is my second press release. I am still in a constant state of gratitude! From writing the story with Ben and Dion to my collaborative relationship with Topic Studios, Raven, Watch This Ready, Liz, and now IFC Films, they are the perfect partner to distribute my early antics.
Ryan Heller of Topic Studios and Emily Korteweg of Watch This Ready, added, “IFC Films’ extraordinary history of connecting bold, original films with audiences makes it an ideal home for Daniel’s film. We are so happy to be back in business with Arianna and her team and can’t wait for the public to meet Dev, Luca and Regina.
Short film by Daniel Antebi A Dios won him a 2019 Sundance Ignite grant and his short film Soft, tender was an Official Selection of the 2020 SXSW Film Festival. Daniel has also created work for the United Nations, the RFK Human Rights Foundation and Black Lives Matter, and was named one of “25 New Faces of Independent Film 2020” by Filmmakers Magazine.
The deal for the film was negotiated by IFC Films head of acquisitions Adam Koehler with WME Independent’s Abraham Bengio on behalf of the filmmakers.
ABOUT IFC FILMS
Created in 2000 and based in New York, IFC Films is one of the main American distributors of independent films. Its unique distribution model makes independent films accessible to a national audience by releasing them in theaters as well as on video-on-demand (VOD) and digital cable platforms.
Upcoming releases include Cannes Un Certain Regard award winner CORSAGE, directed by Marie Kreutzer and starring Vicky Krieps (BERGMAN ISLAND, PHANTOM THREAD). Some of the company’s hits over the years include BOYHOOD, LA MORT DE STALIN, FRANCES HA, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN, THE BABADOOK, TOUCHING THE VOID, 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS, CHE , SUMMER HOURS, ANTICHRIST, IN THE LOOP, JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK, SMALL FURNITURE and CARLOS. IFC Films has worked with established and emerging filmmakers including Steven Soderbergh, Gus Van Sant, Spike Lee, Richard Linklater, Miranda July, Lars Von Trier, Gaspar Noé, Todd Solondz, Cristian Mungiu, Susanne Bier, Olivier Assayas, Jim McKay, Larry Fessenden, Paul Dano, Gregg Araki, Jacques Rivette, Claude Chabrol, Abdellatif Kechiche, Kore-eda Hirokazu, Abbas Kiarostami, Alfonso Cuaron, Noah Baumbach, Lena Dunham, Ethan Hawke and many more. IFC Films is a sister label to IFC Midnight, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.
ABOUT SUBJECT STUDIOS
Topic Studios is First Look Media’s award-winning entertainment studio that develops, finances and produces provocative and entertaining content for all platforms, including film, streaming, TV and podcasts.
The studio is behind notable films such as Nikyatu Jusu’s Nanny, winner of the Sundance 2022 American Drama Grand Jury Prize and in theaters November 23. (Blumhouse/Amazon); Spencer by Pablo Larraìn, with Kristen Stewart (Oscar® and Golden Globe® nominee for her performance) as Princess Diana (with NEON); the Oscar®-winning Spotlight; The Mauritanian, with Jodie Foster (Golden Globe® winner for her performance), Tahar Rahim (Golden Globe® nominee for her performance), Benedict Cumberbatch and Shailene Woodley (STX); 2022 Tribeca presents God’s Time from debut writer/director Daniel Antebi, Adam Leon’s Italian Studies with Oscar® nominee Vanessa Kirby (Magnolia Pictures; Dream Horse, starring Toni Collette and Damian Lewis and directed by Euros Lyn (co-published with Bleecker Street ); The Nowhere Inn (IFC Films), written by and starring Carrie Brownstein and St. Vincent; and Cannes-winning Michael Angelo Covino’s The Climb (Sony Pictures Classics). The Studio’s acclaimed documentaries include Stanley Nelson and Traci A Curry’s Attica on Showtime (2022 Oscar® nominee for Best Documentary), Lizzie Gottlieb’s Turn Every Page, about literary legends Robert Caro and Robert Gottlieb (Sony Pictures Classics), PGA-winning HBO surf series from director Chris Smith, 100 Foot Wave, which recently won an Emmy® for Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program and was nominated for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series, and which has been renewed for r a second season; the Peabody® and Film Independent Spirit Award-nominated three-part series Nuclear Family, also from HBO; Douglas Tirola’s Portrait of Leonard Bernstein Bernstein’s Wall; Lucy Walker’s wildfire documentary Bring Your Own Brigade on Paramount+; GLAAD Media Award winner Mucho Mucho Amor on Netflix; The Fight, focused on the ACLU, co-published with Magnolia Pictures; and the Film Independent Spirit Award-nominated docuseries Love Fraud on Showtime.