STARRING EVAN RACHEL WOOD, JULIA SARAH STONE AND DENIS O’HARE
Montréal – November 1, 2017 – Seville International is pleased to announce the sale of The Sanchez Brothers’ ALLURE, formerly known as A WORTHY COMPANION to Samuel Goldwyn for the US. The film premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and went on to the Busan and Hamburg Film festivals as well.
From the renowned artists Carlos and Jason Sanchez who have long been captivating the art world with their large format, provocative photography, ALLURE stars Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”, The Wrestler, The Ides of March), Julia Sarah Stone (“The Killing”, Weirdos, Wim Wenders’ Every Thing Will be Fine) and Denis O’Hare (Dallas Buyers Club, Milk).
“The Sanchez Brother have a rare eye that allows the great performance of Evan Rachel woods to play to thrilling heights,” says Peter Goldwyn, President of Samuel Goldwyn Films.
Laura (Evan Rachel Wood) works as a house cleaner for her father’s company but her personal life is not so pristine. Rough around the edges, looking for love in all the wrong places, her heartbreaking behavior points to hardships of the past. One day on the job, in yet another house, Laura meets Eva (Julia Sarah Stone), a quiet teenager unhappy with her disciplined life. In Eva, Laura rediscovers an innocent tenderness. In Laura, Eva finds a thrilling rebel who can bring her into unknown territories. The mutual attraction soon morphs into obsession as Laura convinces Eva to run away and secretly come live with her, perilously raising the stakes for the young, impressionable girl as Laura’s emotional instability becomes increasingly clear. As their world closes in, they must unearth certain truths to find a way out.
Written and directed by The Sanchez Brothers, the film was produced under Kim McCraw and Luc Déry’s micro_scope banner with Seville International representing international rights. ALLURE was selected to be a part of several film festival’s in 2017 including the Toronto International Film Festival, Atlantic International Film Festival, FilmFest Hamburg, Busan International Film Festival and the upcoming Thessaloniki International Film Festival and the Taipei Film Festival.
Critics have called the film “subtle and absorbing” and hailed Woods’ performance as “bewitching” and the “role she was born to play.”
“Carlos and Jason are visionaries and we are excited to partner with Samuel Goldwyn to share this, their debut film, with US audiences,” said Anick Poirier, Senior Vice President, Sales, Seville International. “ALLURE is engaging and visually striking and we are thrilled to continue our longstanding relationship with Luc and Kim with this standout film.”
The deal was negotiated by Peter Goldwyn on behalf of Samuel Goldwyn Films and by Poirier on behalf of Seville International.
About Entertainment One
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a global independent studio that specialises in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. The Company’s diversified expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Through its global reach and expansive scale, powered by deep local market knowledge, the Company delivers the best content to the world.
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Seville International is the company’s Montréal-based international film distribution arm specializing in strong independent films with crossover potential and arthouse films with award pedigree from Québec, Canada and around the world.
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About Samuel Goldwyn Films
Samuel Goldwyn Films is a major, independently owned and operated motion-picture company that develops, produces and distributes innovative feature films and documentaries.
The company is dedicated to working with both world-renowned and emerging writers/filmmakers and committed to filmed entertainment that offers original voices in uniquely told stories. This is best exemplified by the Academy Award® nominated THE SQUID AND THE WHALE, SUPER SIZE ME, AMAZING GRACE and Julie Delpy’s hit comedy 2 DAYS IN PARIS. Past Goldwyn titles include: HARRY BROWN starring Michael Caine, the box office smash FIREPROOF and the 2010 independent hit MAO’S LAST DANCER. Samuel Goldwyn Films also released THE WHISTLEBLOWER, a powerful, ripped-from-the-headlines thriller starring Academy Award® winner Rachel Weisz, and the 2012 critics’ darling ROBOT & FRANK, starring Academy Award® nominee Frank Langella and Academy Award® winner Susan Sarandon.
Additional Samuel Goldwyn Films releases include: Gilles Bourdos’ RENOIR, the lush film about the famous painter’s later years and France’s official submission for the 2014 Academy Awards®; Jason Wise’s films SOMM & SOMM: Into the Bottle; 2015 Academy Foreign Language Film Award® nominee TANGERINES; the Sundance cult-hit LILA AND EVE starring Academy Award® winner Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez; and Morgan Matthews compelling drama A BRILLIANT YOUNG MIND. Current Samuel Goldwyn Films releases include: festival favorite CHICKEN PEOPLE, directed by Nicole Lucas Haimes about three show chicken competitors; TRANSPECOS, the directorial debut and 2016 SXSW Audience Award Winner by Greg Kwedar;; Carles Torrens’ physiological thriller PET starring Dominic Monaghan; YOUTH IN OREGON, the dramatic comedy of a 3,000 mile journey about life with Academy Award® nominated Frank Langella, Billy Crudup, Christina Applegate, Mary Kay Place, and Josh Lucas; the contemporary fairy tale THIS BEAUTIFUL FANTASTIC starring Jessica Brown Findlay, Academy Award® nominated Tom Wilkinson, Andrew Scott, and Jeremy Irvine; Avi Nesher’s Israeli box office hit PAST LIFE; Justin Chon’s racially charged GOOK; the British children’s classic SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS; and Francis Lee’s LGBT film GOD’S OWN COUNTRY. Upcoming films include Ana Asensio’s SXSW Grand Jury winner MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND; Quinn Shepards directorial/starring debut BLAME; SATURDAY CHURCH a story about a cross-dressing teen; and TIFF winner SWEET COUNTRY. www.samuelgoldwynfilms.com
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