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Hannah Fidell’s THE LONG DUMB ROAD Acquired by Universal



Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Content Group has purchased North American rights to Hannah Fidell’s road trip comedy “THE LONG DUMB ROAD”, which made its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Fidell and co-written by Fidell and Carson Mell, the film stars Tony Revolori, Jason Mantzoukas, Taissa Farmiga, Grace Gummer, and Ron Livingston, and is produced by Fidell, Jacqueline Ingram, Jonathan Duffy and Kelly Williams.

THE LONG DUMB ROAD follows college-bound teenager Nat (Revolori), who offers itinerant 30-something mechanic Richard (Mantzoukas) a ride during a stop-over in small-town Texas. Nat, an aspiring photographer, is heading towards a bright future in art school in Los Angeles and wants to find the real America en route to new beginnings out West; Richard, a lovably unkempt motormouth, is simply looking for connection in the moment — and maybe a beer or ten — while he grapples with indecision, past mistakes and dead-ends. As they travel through the American Southwest, taking in picturesque towns and crossing paths with an assortment of old flames, fellow travelers, kooky cons, and Good Samaritans, both passengers come alive through the myriad possibilities of the open road. Finding connection, comfort and chaos in their shared journey, this improbable and unforgettable screen duo forges an epic bond few will forget.

Critical response to the film out of Sundance has been positive, with special praise for both the comic pairing of Mantzoukas and Revolori and for Mantzoukas in a leading role. Elizabeth Weitzman of the Wrap applauded the two as “unflaggingly delightful companions”, writing, “Mantzoukas and Revolori are ideally cast, bouncing off each other with a salty-sweet chemistry that’s as natural as it is entertaining.” Film School Rejects hailed the film as “the next great American road trip comedy”, declaring it “delightfully weird, relentlessly funny, occasionally vulgar, and thoughtful in all the right ways.”

“This is a dream come true,” said director Hannah Fidell of the acquisition. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to work with Universal, a company that actually understands the value of diversity both in front of and behind the camera.”

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