Another Sundance acquisition has happened yesterday, with Roadside Attractions acquiring distribution rights for the movie Call Jane, which premiered at the festival on January 21st. No release date has been announced, but Roadside plans to roll out the movie during this year’s fall movie season exclusively in theatres.
The movie marks the directorial debut of Carol writer Phyllis Nagy and stars Elizabeth Banks, Sigourney Weaver, Kate Mara, Chris Messina, Wunmi Mosaku, Cory Michael Smith, and Aida Turturro, and it is set to tell the story of the “Jane Collective,” which were a group of women in the late 1960s fighting to make abortion safe, legal, and accessible across the United States.
The movie was well-received at Sundance. Our editor-in-chief Joey Magidson saw the movie during the festival, and expressed that the movie “takes a more entertaining and crowd pleasing route than you might expect. It’s actually quite shocking to see how light on its feet the film tends to be, though it does have sporadic heavy moments,” while also praising Elizabeth Banks’ performance at playing “a more serious role than we usually see her get to play with. She has her fast timing, but it’s in service of a woman having an awakening,” going so far as saying that it’s her “best role to date.”
You can read Joey’s review of Call Jane here and see the movie in theatres during the fall.