Searchlight Picks Up Jese Eisenberg’s ‘A Real Pain’ at Sundance Film Festival

Park City, Utah (Release): Searchlight Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to the acclaimed Jesse Eisenberg film “A Real Pain.” The heartfelt comedy, which premiered to a standing ovation at the Sundance Film Festival, was written and directed by Eisenberg, who based the film on his own personal story. Eisenberg also stars alongside Kieran Culkin (‘Succession’), Will Sharpe (‘The White Lotus’), Jennifer Gray (‘Dirty Dancing’), Kurt Egyiawan (‘Beasts of No Nation’), Liza Sadovy (‘A Small’ Light’). ), and Daniel Oreskes (“Only Murders in the Building”).

“A Real Pain” follows mismatched cousins ​​David and Benji who reunite for a tour through Poland to honor their beloved grandmother. The adventure takes a turn when the couple’s old tensions resurface against the backdrop of family history.

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(L to R) Angelique Jackson, Jessie Eisenberg, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Ania Trzebiatowska visit the Cinema Cafe during the 2024 Sundance Film Festival at the Egyptian Theater on January 21, 2024 in Park City, Utah.  (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
(L to R) Angelique Jackson, Jessie Eisenberg, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Ania Trzebiatowska visit the Cinema Cafe during the 2024 Sundance Film Festival at the Egyptian Theater on January 21, 2024 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

“We are blown away by Jesse’s vision and talent for telling this hilarious and profound film,” said Searchlight Presidents Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum. “It tells a deeply personal story and makes it universal. We can’t wait to bring it to audiences around the world.

Eisenberg added: “Making ‘A Real Pain’ was a true labor of love, and it was very exciting to premiere at Sundance. I couldn’t be more honored to work with Searchlight and bring this story to a wider audience.

“We strongly believe in Jesse as a creative voice and are thrilled to collaborate again on his second film with such ambitious scope and themes,” said Ali Herting, Dave McCary and Emma Stone of Fruit Tree. “Having another beloved friend and collaborator on board in the singular Kieran Culkin was more than we could ask for, as well as working with the incredible team at Searchlight.”

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Kieran Culkin and Jesse Eisenberg are present
Kieran Culkin and Jesse Eisenberg attend the premiere of “A Real Pain” during the 2024 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Center Theater on January 20, 2024 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

“We couldn’t be more proud of Jesse and this magnificent film, and we are absolutely thrilled to team up again with David, Matthew and our friends at Searchlight when it is released,” said Ryan Heller, Executive Vice President of cinema and documentary at Topic Studios.

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Searchlight Pictures will release “A Real Pain” in theaters this year. Searchlight recently released Yorgos Lanthimos’ Golden Lion and Golden Globe winner “Poor Things,” starring and produced by Emma Stone, as well as Andrew Haigh’s critically acclaimed romantic drama, “All of Us Strangers.” At Sundance, the specialty label presents the world premiere of “Suncoast” by Laura Chinn, starring Laura Linney, Nico Parker and Woody Harrelson.

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