Oscilloscope has acquired US rights to Matteo Garrone’s “Reality,” which screened in competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
“‘Reality’ makes the case that society renders everyone impossibly small,” Indiewire’s Eric Kohn wrote in his recent review. “The first and last shots of Matteo Garrone’s drama take place from extreme heights that make their focal point blend with their surroundings. Everything in frame takes on the dimensions of a dollhouse, as if the Italian filmmaker has assumed a godlike awareness. The compositions suggest that people are inherently trapped by their surroundings and never fully capable of realizing it.”
The deal was negotiated by Dan Berger and David Laub of Oscilloscope with Janine Gold of Fandango Portobello assisted by Garrone’s US representatives, Bart Walker of Cinetic Media and Jeff Berg of ICM.
Full press release below.
New York, New York (May 26, 2012)– Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired U.S. rights to Matteo Garrone’s Cannes competition film REALITY, his first feature since 2008’s critically acclaimed and award-winning GOMORRAH. Oscilloscope will take the film to further festivals this fall with a theatrical, DVD, and digital release to follow early next year.
REALITY is a darkly comic look at Luciano, a charming and affable fishmonger whose unexpected and sudden obsession with being a contestant on the reality show “Big Brother” leads him down a rabbit hole of skewed perceptions and paranoia. So overcome by his dream of being on reality TV, Luciano’s own reality begins to spiral out of control, making for one of the most compelling tragicomic character studies since Scorsese’s THE KING OF COMEDY.
Of the acquisition, filmmaker Matteo Garrone said “I’m extremely gratified by the strong response Oscilloscope had to the film and their ideas for making it successful in the US. I look forward to working with David and Dan as they move the company forward.”
O-Scope’s David Laub said, “REALITY is an exceptional, one-of-a-kind film that had us hooked from its amazing opening shot. It is a complex, provocative, and deeply compelling look at our media-obsessed culture, executed by one of the most interesting and talented filmmakers working today. Garrone pays homage to classical filmmakers such as Fellini and Scorsese while crafting a fresh and very relevant contemporary story. This is exactly the kind of film Adam Yauch wanted to champion, and we are extremely proud to have it join the Oscilloscope family.”
The film was produced by Garrone and Domenico Procacci, producer of GOMORRAH, with Jean Labadie of Le Pacte as co-producer. The deal was negotiated by Dan Berger and David Laub of Oscilloscope with Janine Gold of Fandango Portobello assisted by Garrone’s US representatives, Bart Walker of Cinetic Media and Jeff Berg of ICM.
Reality is an Italian-French co-production. Archimede-Fandango, Le Pacte-Garance Capital production with RAI Cinema.