One of my favorite films from this past year’s SXSW Film Festival has just been picked up by IFC Films. IndieWIRE is reporting that IFC has picked up North American and Foreign distribution rights to Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture.
A touching, serious, funny, beautifully shot film, Tiny Furniture looks at the weeks following Dunham’s character as she returns home from college to her mother and sister, who are not exactly thrilled to have her back home. The film presents an all too relatable look at the dysfunctional family in film. The dysfunctional family is a familiar tool in film, but Dunham uses it often hilarious results in Tiny Furniture, while never becoming obnoxious, or unbelievable.
IFC will be releasing the film theatrically, and on-demand for their viewers at home.
With the IFC / Criterion deal in full swing these days, could I see Tiny Furniture finding it’s way into the Collection? Absolutely. This film could easily fit alongside incredible break out modern films like David Gordon Green’s George Washington. It would also make an interesting double feature with Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums, in that both showcase “quirky” families, both dealing with personal crises. Personally I believe that Tiny Furniture creates a much more believable narrative than Tenenbaums, but they are equally funny and well crafted.