Broad Green Pictures has released the first trailer for I Smile Back starring Sarah Silverman (Wreck-It-Ralph). Directed by Adam Salky (Dare), the film centers around a suicidal New Jersey housewife and devoted mother of two. Amy Koppelman co-wrote the screenplay based from her novel of the same name along with actress and first-time writer Paige Dylan.
Silverman, known for her stand-up comedy, makes an strong about face in the dramatic lead role. The trailer shows Silverman in cheerful-mother mode in front of her children, alternating with reckless acting-out behaviors away from their view as she tries desperately to cope with her deep depression which is increasingly harder to hide. The actress hinted at more dramatic fare a few years prior with a supporting role in Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz,a drama that starred Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn) and Seth Rogen (The Interview). Take a sneak peek at Silverman’s surprising serious star turn below.
Premiering to strong reviews at Sundance’s U.S. Dramatic Competition earlier this year, the film will next screen on Wednesday at the Toronto International Film Festival. Silverman has been praised for her unflinching portrayal of a damaged woman in tragic, self-destructive free fall.
Also in the cast are Josh Charles (TV’s The Good Wife), Thomas Sadoski (Wild), Mia Barron (HBO’s The Devil You Know), Terry Kinney (TV’s Black Box), and Chris Sarandon (Oscar-nominated for his supporting role in Dog Day Afternoon). The feature is produced by Brian Koppelman, David Levien, Mike Harrop and Richard Arlook. Skip Klintworth is executive producer with Oscar Crosby Films, and Jens Meurer and Christian Angermayer with Film House Germany.
I Smile Back hits theaters on October 23.