Ahead of its North American premiere in Toronto, financier Broad Green Pictures has finally found a U.S. distributor for Jeremy Saulnier’s “Green Room,” which pits a young punk rock band against a gang of white power skinheads who’ve trapped them in a secluded venue after the rockers accidentally witness a horrific act of violence, and all witnesses must go. The stellar cast includes Patrick Stewart, Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Mark Webber, Joe Cole, Eric Edelstein, Callum Turner, Kai Lennox and “Blue Ruin” star Macon Blair.
Trained cinematographer Saulnier landed a Cannes slot in Directors’ Fortnight, where the ultra-violent thriller played well. But it was too intense for Broad Green. “This movie’s very unique, in that way — in a good way,” said Broad Green’s Gabriel Hammond at Cannes, “but there may be somebody who can really run with that.”
While Saulnier’s backwater-noir revenge film “Blue Ruin” was a theatrical and VOD success for RADiUS-TWC, the distributor is now in transition as its co-presidents are starting their own firm. So “Green Room” has finally been acquired by A24 Films for US release. They’re eyeing spring 2016.