- Category: Movie News
- Published: Friday, 04 February 2022 23:08
Roadside Attractions picked up United States distribution rights for CALL JANE starring Elizabeth Banks And Sigourney Weaver by Oscar®-Nominee Phyllis Nagy in her critically-acclaimed theatrical feature directorial debut. Set in 1968 at the height of the abortion rights debate, CALL JANE will be released in the Fall of 2022 in the United States.
In CALL JANE, Joy (Banks) must terminate a high-risk pregnancy but she has no options available.
For more information, see the full press release below.
February 4, 2022 (Los Angeles, CA) – Hot out of Sundance, Roadside Attractions has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Oscar®-Nominee Phyllis Nagy’s critically-acclaimed theatrical feature directorial debut, Call Jane. Inspired by true events, Nagy’s film captures the essence of late-Sixties social change via one woman’s quest to get a safe and legal abortion. Roadside plans a Fall 2022 theatrical release for the film.
Chicago, 1968. As the city and the nation are poised on the brink of political upheaval, suburban housewife Joy (Elizabeth Banks) leads an ordinary life with her husband and daughter. When Joy’s pregnancy leads to a life-threatening heart condition, she must navigate an all-male medical establishment unwilling to terminate her pregnancy in order to save her life. Her journey for a solution leads her to Virginia (Sigourney Weaver), an independent visionary fiercely committed to women’s health, and Gwen (Wunmi Mosaku), an activist who dreams of a day when all women will have access to abortion, regardless of their ability to pay. Joy is so inspired by their work, she decides to join forces with them, putting every aspect of her life on the line.
In addition to Banks (The Hunger Games franchise, Mrs. America), Weaver (Gorillas in the Mist, Ghostbusters), and Mosaku (His House, Lovecraft Country), the film stars Chris Messina (The Secrets We Keep, Argo), Kate Mara (Chappaquiddick, House of Cards), Cory Michael Smith (Wonderstruck, Utopia), Grace Edwards (Modern Love, Schooled), and John Magaro (The Many Saints of Newark, Lansky).
Roadside Attractions’ Co-Presidents Howard Cohen & Eric d’Arbeloff stated, “Phyllis Nagy’s brilliant film is inspiring, fierce, and so relevant for our times. Elizabeth Banks, in a powerful and moving performance, along with the masterful Sigourney Weaver, lead an extraordinary cast to deliver an unforgettable story of women who challenge the power structure to support one another and do what they think is right.”
Producer Robbie Brenner commented, “The filmmakers and I could not be more thrilled to be working with Roadside Attractions. I have known Eric and Howard for decades and their commitment to releasing great films in theaters is unwavering. They have been supportive of this film and its vision from its inception, and I am excited to bring this beautifully directed, acted, and important film into the world alongside them.”