Pictures has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the well-received Sean
Baker film “Tangerine,” which just premiered in the NEXT section of the
Sundance Film Festival.
“Tangerine” stars Mya Taylor and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, two trans actresses making their feature film debuts. The official synopsis, courtesy of Magnolia, describes them as: “two working girls in search of a wayward pimp on a fateful Christmas Eve in Hollywood.”
Frequent Baker thespians James Ransone and Karren Karagulian also star. “Tangerine” was executive produced by the Duplass Brothers and produced by Through Films and Baker’s longtime collaborators Darren Dean and Shih-Ching Tsou. The film was lensed by Radium Cheung.
Baker said of the acquisition, “The ‘Tangerine’ team is overjoyed to find a home at Magnolia Pictures and are humbled to be a part of their roster of prestigious, bold and forward-thinking films.Audiences will have the chance to see it on the big screen, the way it was intended to be experienced.”
The Duplass Brothers also chimed in: “Starting with ‘Humpday,’ Magnolia has proven to us over and over again that genre and marquee names don’t mean everything in indie film, and that they will passionately get behind a wild movie like Sean Baker’s ‘Tangerine’ simply because it is unique, inspired, and flat out entertaining.”
This is Magnolia’s second acquisition at Sundance this year. They previously snagged “Results,” a comedy about personal trainers starring Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders.”Tangerine” will be released later this year. According to Variety, the deal was made in the six figures after IFC and A24 showed interest.