Magnolia Pictures International has bulked up its Cannes sales slate by adding international sales rights to SXSW selections I Used To Be Funny and Cora Bora.
Ally Pankiw wrote and directed the dramedy I Used To Be Funny which follows an aspiring stand-up comedian and au pair grappling with PTSD from an experience that is revealed gradually.
Rachel Sennott from Shiva Baby stars with newcomer Olga Petsa, Jason Jones, Sabrina Jalees, Caleb Hearon, Ennis Esmer, and Dani Kind.
Pankiw makes her feature directorial debut. She previously directed and served as executive producer on the first season of Netflix’s Feel Good starring Mae Martin and Lisa Kudrow, and comedy shows like Hulu’s Shrill and The Great, and served as a story editor on Dan Levy’s Schitt’s Creek.
She and Levy also co-created and are currently writing and serving as executive producers on Hulu’s upcoming comedy series Standing By starring Levy, Glenn Close, Poppy Liu, Samira Wiley, and David Tennant.
Comedy Cora Bora stars Megan Stalter from Hacks and is directed by Hannah Pearl Utt (Before You Know It). The film follows messy millennial Cora (Stalter) as she returns home to Portland to win back her girlfriend and realises there is more than her love life that needs salvaging.
The cast includes Jojo T. Gibbs, Manny Jacinto, Ayden Mayeri, Margaret Cho, Chelsea Peretti, Jenn Tullock, Thomas Mann, Heather Elizabeth Morris, Chrissie Fit, and Caitlin Reilly.
Magnolia International’s Cannes line-up will also see head of international sales Lorna Lee Torres and international sales manager Austin Kennedy engage with buyers on Un Certain Regard selection The Delinquents.
The roster includes Tribeca Festival world premiere The League, Sundance and Berlin Panorama documentary Kokomo City, and Sundance opening night documentary Little Richard: I Am Everything.
Cannes runs May 16-27.