In the first deal of this year's Sundance Film Festival, Magnolia Pictures and Paramount Pictures are teaming to distribute Joe Swanberg's "Happy Christmas".
Anna Kendrick plays Jenny, an irresponsible 20-something who comes to Chicago to live with her older brother Jeff (Swanberg), a young filmmaker living a happy existence with his novelist wife Kelly (Melanie Lynskey) and their two-year-old son.
Jenny's arrival shakes up their quiet domesticity as she and her friend Carson (Lena Dunham) instigate an evolution in Kelly's life and career. Meanwhile, Jenny strikes up a rocky relationship with the family's baby sitter-cum-pot dealer (Mark Webber).
Magnolia will handle U.S. theatrical and VOD distribution, while while Paramount Home Media Distribution will handle U.S. physical home entertainment and international rights.
The film will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this Sunday.
Source: Magnolia Pictures