One of our favorite films from this year’s Toronto Film Festival has been picked up for US release. Check it out:
rights to Stephen Dunn’s CLOSET MONSTER starring Connor Jessup
(Blackbird, Falling Skies) and featuring the voice of Isabella
VELVET, ENEMY) from Cinetic Media.
Produced by Rhombus Media (ENEMY, THE
RED VIOLIN) and Best Boy Entertainment, CLOSET MONSTER is Stephen Dunn’s
feature debut. The film had its World Premiere at the Toronto
Film Festival earlier this year, taking home the prize for Best
Canadian Feature Film.
CLOSET MONSTER tells
the story of Oscar Madly (Jessup), a creative and driven teenager who
hovers on the brink of adulthood. Destabilized by his
dysfunctional parents, unsure of his sexuality, and haunted by horrific
images of a tragic gay bashing he witnessed as a child, Oscar dreams of
escaping the town he feels is suffocating him. A talking hamster
(voiced by Rossellini), imagination and the prospect
of love help him confront his surreal demons and discover himself.
The deal was done between Jon Gerrans of Strand Releasing and Linzee Troubh of Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmakers.
“We’re thrilled to be representing CLOSET MONSTER and
Stephen’s creative feature debut, as a director, his first feature is
an absolute knockout and is very much in keeping with the Strand auteurs
such as Gregg Araki, Ira Sachs, Francois Ozon, Fatih Akin, Celine
Sciamma that we’ve built longterm relationships with,” said Gerrans.
“I’m very excited for CLOSET MONSTER to
join the ranks of Strand Releasing’s prestigious line up of films. It’s
an honour to be in the company of filmmakers who I’ve admired for a
Fraser Ash and Kevin Krikst added to these sentiments, stating, “Strand
has a great reputation of working with innovative directors. We’re
excited to partner
with the esteemed company and share the film with American audiences.”
The film’s star Connor Jessup can next be seen in the upcoming new installment of the Emmy® Award
winning American Crime, which debuts on ABC January 6th.
Also starring in the CLOSET
MONSTER are Aaron Abrams (Hannibal, YPF), Joanne Kelly (Warehouse 13,
Hostages), Aliocha Schneider (Ville Marie), Jack Fulton (Life, Room),
Sofia Banzhaf (Silent Retreat), and Mary Walsh (The Grand Seduction).
CLOSET MONSTER is
written and directed by Stephen Dunn, produced by Kevin Krikst and
Fraser Ash of Rhombus Media and Edward J. Martin of Best Boy
Entertainment. The film is executive produced by Niv Fichman and Ed
Martin. CLOSET MONSTER was
produced with the participation of Telefilm Canada, Newfoundland
& Labrador Film Development Corporation, The Harold Greenberg Fund
and Rogers Telefund. Elevation Pictures control the distribution rights
in Canada with Fortissimo Films representing the film internationally.
Strand plans for a summer 2016 release.