Rodrigo García’s biblical tale “Last Days in the Desert” has finally been acquired for US release, by Broad Green Pictures, following its Sundance premiere back in January 2015. Broad Green is adding the film to its quickly evolving 2016 slate, which already includes Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups.”
Writer/director García moves from the tangled women’s tales of his earlier films (“Nine Lives” and “Mother Child” among them) to this obviously male-driven, imagined chapter of Jesus’ 40 days of fasting and praying in the desert, where he confronts the Devil. Ewan McGregor plays both roles in the drama shot in just five weeks by “Knight of Cups” cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, who reunites here with “The Tree of Life”‘s Tye Sheridan, costarring alongside McGregor and Ciaran Hinds.
Broad Green will partner with crowdsourcing cinema-on-demand platform Tugg — which allows audiences to pick films that play in local theaters — and marketing agency Different Drummer on this release to roll out a unique experience in theaters and in nontheatrical spaces.
The film, which scored strong reviews out of the festival, was produced by Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn of Mockingbird Pictures and Wicks Walker of Division Films.