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Oscilloscope Acquires "We Need To Talk About Kevin"

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire May 23, 2011 at 4:56AM

Lynne Ramsay's Cannes entry "We Need To Talk About Kevin" has been acquired by Oscilloscope Laboratories. The Tilda Swinton-starring adaptation of Lionel Shriver's award winning novel will be released in time for 2011 Oscar consideration.
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Lynne Ramsay's Cannes entry "We Need To Talk About Kevin" has been acquired by Oscilloscope Laboratories. The Tilda Swinton-starring adaptation of Lionel Shriver's award winning novel will be released in time for 2011 Oscar consideration.

Full release below. Read indieWIRE's highly positive review here.

May 23, 2011 - Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today the company has acquired from Luc Roeg's Independent Film Company North American distribution rights of the critically acclaimed and much talked about 2011 Cannes Film Festival competition entry WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, the highly-anticipated third feature from director Lynne Ramsay (RATCATCHER and MORVERN CALLAR). Oscilloscope will release WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN theatrically this Winter, accompanied by an awards campaign.

A suspenseful and psychologically gripping exploration into a parent dealing with her child doing the unthinkable, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN is told from the perspective of Eva, played by Tilda Swinton in a tour-de-force performance.

Always an ambivalent mother, Eva and Kevin have had a contentious relationship literally from Kevin's birth. Kevin (Ezra Miller), now 15-years-old, escalates the stakes when he commits a heinous act, leaving Eva to grapple with her feelings of grief and responsibility, as well as the ire of the community-at-large. WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN explores nature vs. nurture on a whole new level as Eva's own culpability is measured against Kevin's innate evilness, while Ramsay's masterful storytelling leaves enough moral ambiguity to keep the debate going.

Adam Yauch, head of Oscilloscope Laboratories said: "We are honored to be working with Lynne, Tilda, John, and Ezra to release this masterpiece-- the most intense thriller I've seen since Polanski's ROSEMARY'S BABY. I was on the edge of my seat throughout and it was clear I was in the capable hands of a master filmmaker, who I'm now proud to see join all our other great filmmakers as a member of the O-Scope family."

Luc Roeg said: "Oscilloscope fought off strong and impressive competition. Their commitment and passion for WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN gives us complete confidence that they will handle the film with the care and attention that it deserves. We are very excited to be working with Adam Yauch and David Fenkel."

The deal was negotiated by Cinetic's Bart Walker and John Sloss and by Andrew Orr from Independent. WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN RELEASE / PAGE TWO

With a screenplay by Lynne Ramsay & Rory Stewart Kinnear, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN based on the novel by Lionel Shriver. The film also stars John C. Reilly as Eva's husband Franklin, and Ezra Miller in a breakout performance as the titular Kevin. Swinton's recent credits include her acclaimed performance in Erick Zonca's JULIA, which she received a Cesar Award nomination for Best Actress, and in Luca Guadagnino's acclaimed film, I AM LOVE (Io Sono L'Amore), which she also produced.

Presented by BBC Films and the UK Film Council in association with Footprint Investments LLP, Piccadilly Pictures and Lipsync Productions, the film is an Independent production in association with Artina Films and Rockinghorse Films. Produced by Luc Roeg, Jennifer Fox, Robert Salerno. Executive producers are Steven Soderbergh, Christine Langan, Paula Jalfon, Christopher Figg, Robert Whitehouse, Michael Robinson, Andrew Orr, Norman Merry, Lisa Lambert, Lynne Ramsay, and Tilda Swinton.

Director of Photography Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSC (Academy Award(R)-nominee for ATONEMENT). Edited by Joe Bini (ROMAN POLANSKI: WANTED AND DESIRED; GRIZZLY MAN). Music Score by Jonny Greenwood. Production Designer Judy Becker. Costume Designer Catherine George. Sound Designer Paul Davies. Casting by Billy Hopkins.

About Oscilloscope Laboratories Oscilloscope Laboratories is a film production and theatrical distribution entity launched in 2008 by Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys. Yauch modeled the company after the indie record labels he grew up around, selecting and marketing films with the same artistic integrity with which they were made. The company, which is an extension of Yauch's recording studio of the same name, has an in-house DVD distribution and production arm, and its paper packaging is reminiscent of the heyday of LP record jackets. All of the company's plastic-free DVD packaging is printed on FSC Certified 80% post-consumer waste paper and produced in a carbon-neutral hydroelectric plant.

Other Oscilloscope theatrical releases include Yauch's GUNNIN' FOR THAT #1 SPOT, Irena Salina's FLOW, Kelly Reichardt's WENDY AND LUCY starring Michelle Williams, So Yong Kim's TREELESS MOUNTAIN, the Academy Award(R)-nominated THE GARDEN from Scott Hamilton Kennedy, Anders Ostergaard's Academy Award(R)-nominated BURMA VJ, Nati Baratz's UNMISTAKEN CHILD, Oren Moverman's Academy Award(R)-nominated THE MESSENGER starring Woody Harrelson, Ben Foster, and Samantha Morton, Henrik Ruben Genz's Danish thriller TERRIBLY HAPPY, Michel Gondry's personal family documentary THE THORN IN THE HEART, Jules Dassin's classic THE LAW, Yael Hersonski's award-winning WWII documentary A FILM UNFINISHED, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's HOWL starring James Franco as Allen Ginsberg, Jalmari Helander's Christmas fantasy RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE and Oscar(R)-nominated director Dana Adam Shapiro's feature film debut MONOGAMY starring Chris Messina and Rashida Jones. Upcoming releases include Kelly Reichardt's Western drama MEEK'S CUTOFF starring Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, and Shirley Henderson, and James Franco's directorial debut SATURDAY NIGHT, which covers a week on the set of Saturday Night Live.

About Independent INDEPENDENT specializes in the development, financing, production, sales and distribution of independent feature films. Led by CEO Luc Roeg, INDEPENDENT has a team of highly motivated and experienced professionals with expertise in project development, production, structured finance, sales and marketing. INDEPENDENT has also recently established a UK Distribution arm.

By having the ability to develop material in-house, INDEPENDENT is able to identify and acquire rights to the intellectual property and start building value in these assets from a very early stage. This is an important aspect of the company's financial model as INDEPENDENT looks to generate revenue from every stage in the value chain. INDEPENDENT recently produced Bernard Rose's MR NICE, starring Rhys Ifans, Chloe Sevigny and David Thewlis which was released in the UK by E1. The company has recently completed the adaptation of Lionel Shriver's Orange Prize-winning novel WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, directed by Lynne Ramsay and starring Tilda Swinton and John C Reilly.

In addition to developing, producing and distributing its own content, INDEPENDENT also acquires third party rights to manage through its sales and distribution divisions. The company has an excellent network of buyers all over the world and attends all relevant markets throughout the year showcasing highly acclaimed British indies such as the multi award - winning MOON (Directed by BAFTA winner Duncan Jones, Starring Sam Rockwell), Berlinale Silver Bear - winning HALLAM FOE (Directed by David Mackenzie, Starring Jamie Bell) and Paul Andrew Williams' highly acclaimed LONDON TO BRIGHTON.

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