Helen Hunt Pens, Directs and Stars in "Then She Found Me" with Midler and Broderick
26 Dec 2007
Stage and screen actress Helen Hunt adapted, directed and stars in the forthcoming film "Then She Found Me." Bette Midler, Colin Firth, Matthew Broderick, Lynn Cohen and Ben Shenkman will also be seen in the new motion picture.
The Blue Rider Pictures-ThinkFilm project is set to be released April 25, 2008. The R-rated, 100-minute feature was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Based on the Elinor Lipman novel of the same title, Hunt, Vic Levin and Alice Arlen penned the screenplay that centers on the "story of schoolteacher April Epner (Hunt) and her very unlikely path towards personal fulfillment," according to production notes.
"Following the separation from her husband (Broderick) and the death of her adopted mother, April is contacted by her apparent birth month (Midler), who turns out to be a local talk show host Bernice Graves. As Bernice tries to become the mother to April that she was never able to be, April seems to find solace in the arms of the parent of one of her students (Firth), only to find that the mystery to life's questions cannot be solved by a simple revelation."
Hunt (Life x 3), who makes her diretorial debut with the film, leads a cast that also features Midler, Firth (Three Days of Rain - London), Broderick (The Producers), Cohen (Ivanov) and Shenkman (Proof).
As an actress, Hunt most recently appeared on Broadway in 2003 in Yasmina Reza's Life x 3. Other stage credits include Broadway's Twelfth Night, Our Town and the 1990 Public Theater "Shakespeare in the Park" staging of The Taming of the Shrew. She is best known for her screen turns in "As Good as It Gets," "Twister," "What Women Want," "Cast Away," "Bobby" and television's "Mad About You."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.