Bradley Rust Gray’s second feature “The Exploding Girl” has been acquired by Oscilloscope Laboratories, the company announced Wednesday afternoon. Oscilloscope, which picked up the film’s North American rights, will open the film theatrically in early 2010. “Girl” debuted at the 2009 Berlin Internationl Film Festival, and had its U.S. premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival last spring where actress for Zoe Kazan (“Revolutionary Road”) won an award for best actress. This marks the second collaboration between Oscilloscope Laboratories and Bradley Rust Gray who previously produced So Yong Kim’s “Treeless Mountain,” which the company released in April.
In her first leading role, Kazan plays Ivy, a twenty-year-old college student home in New York for spring break. She’s excited about a developing romance back at school and life is seemingly perfect. When her longtime friend Al finds himself without a place to stay during the break, Ivy and her mother take him in and Al and Ivy’s friendship strengthens while her boyfriend grows more and more distant. Increasingly distressed about her conflicting feelings, Ivy struggles to keep control, not wanting her overwhelming emotions to trigger her epilepsy.
“‘The Exploding Girl’ is a NYC film to its core. This film captures the current feeling of NYC like few others are able to do, perhaps the way ‘Fingers’ did in its time,” said Oscilloscope head Adam Yauch in a statement. “Brad’s directing and Kazan’s acting are so natural it allows you to feel like you are there, watching a real story unfold. We had a great time working with So and Brad on ‘Treeless Mountain’ and are really looking forward to working with them again on this one. Working with talented good-hearted people like So and Brad are why we are doing this.”