Brand new distributor A24 has jumped on its second acquisition, Sally Potter’s period coming-of-age drama “Ginger & Rosa,” which had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival earlier this month before showing at Toronto as well. In a bold gambit, the company plans to release the film before the end of the year to qualify for awards consideration, with a theatrical release to follow early in 2013.
“We fell in love with ‘Ginger & Rosa,'” said the A24 team of Daniel Katz, John Hodges and David Fenkel. “We’ve been fans of Sally’s for a long time. She has crafted a touching, heartfelt and extraordinary work anchored by an absolutely incredible performance by Elle Fanning, which already has a tremendous amount of love from audiences and journalists alike.”
Fanning, Alice Englert, Alessandro Nivola, Christina Hendricks, Timothy Spall, Oliver Platt and Annette Bening star in the story of teenaged girls and best friends navigating family dramas, their own complicated relationship and the threat of nuclear war in 1962 London. Christopher Sheppard and Andrew Litvin of Adventure Pictures produced the project, which will next screen at the New York Film Festival.
Bart Walker and John Sloss of Cinetic Media handled the negotiations for the filmmakers. The Match Factory is repping international sales.
A24 grabbed rights to Roman Coppola’s “A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III” several weeks ago, and the company plans a February release.