'Happy Christmas' Movie Starring Anna Kendrick & Lena Dunham Releases June 2014, Watch Official Trailer (VIDEO)
Paramount and Magnolia Pictures are releasing the movie Happy Christmas on June 26th starring Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Lena Dunham, Joe Swanberg and Mark Webber. The movie also is directed and produced by Joe Swanberg with co-producing from Alicia Van Couvering and Peter Gilbert.
Happy Christmas is about a irresponsible 20-something Jenny arrives in Chicago to live with her older brother Jeff, a young film-maker living a happy existence with his novelist wife Kelly and their two-year-old son. Jenny's arrival shakes up their quiet domesticity as she and her friend Carson instigate an evolution in Kelly's life and career. Meanwhile, Jenny strikes up a rocky relationship with the family's baby sitter-cum-pot dealer.
Director Joe Swanberg returned to Sundance Film Festival to share Happy Christmas and give his 'approach to filmmaking, offering a refreshing and candid look at complicated family interactions. His wonderfully imperfect characters pull each other out of their respective ruts and bring a strikingly human element to a story we all know well. The female characters in this film form a tight bond-a drunken sisterhood of sorts-enabling them to discover their true potential' (via Sundance).
Anna Kendrick first made a name for herself after her performance as Natalie Keener in Up in the Air (2009), for which she received Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress. She played Dinah Lord in the Broadway musical High Society (1998), for which she was nominated for a Tony Award. Her other notable roles include Fritzi Wagner in Camp (2003), Jessica Stanley in The Twilight Saga (2008-11), Stacey Pilgrim in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), Beca Mitchell in Pitch Perfect (2012), and Janet in End of Watch (2012).
The film premiered in-competition in the US Dramatic Category at 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2014. After the film's premiere screening, Magnolia Pictures and Paramount Pictures jointly acquired the international distribution rights.