Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights to Bruce LaBruce’s “Gerontophilia,” a romance of sorts between an 18 year old boy and an 80 something man:
18-year-old Lake has a sweet activist girlfriend, but one day discovers he has an unusual attraction for the elderly. Fate conspires to land him a summer job at a nursing home where he develops a tender relationship with Mr. Peabody. Discovering that the patients are being over-medicated to make them easier to manage, Lake decides to wean Mr. Peabody off his medication and help him escape, resulting in a humorous and heartfelt road trip that strengthens their bond.
The deal was organized between Jon Gerrans of Strand Releasing and Andrew Noble of Filmoption International.
“Gerontophilia” premiered at the Venice International Film Festival and subsequently had its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival before playing at numerous international and LGBT film festivals, including the Rekjavik, Stockholm, Rio de Janeiro, Palm Springs, Oslo, Guadalajara, Istanbul, and Moscow International Film Festivals. It has been selected as the closing night film for this year’s NewFest in New York in late July.
The film, produced by Nicolas Comeau’s 1976 Productions and Jennifer Jonas’ and Leonard Farlinger’s New Real Films, is a bit of a departure for LaBruce. “I wanted to shock people by making a film that isn’t shocking,” LaBruce says. “It has what some people may think is a shocking premise, but it’s presented in a more romantic style. It’s a kinder, gentler subversion that I’m after.”
Strand plans for an early 2015 release.