North American rights to “The Square” has been picked up by Apparition, the company said Tuesday. Described as a “stylish, twist-filled noir,” the film is the first feature film from Australian stuntman-turned-director Nash Edgerton and actor/writer Joel Edgerton. Apparition will release the 2009 SXSW Film Festival film April 9th, and “Spider,” Nash Edgerton’s short film, which has been screening via the Internet will be seen prior to each theatrical screening of the feature.
“The Square” centers on an adulterous couple whose scheming leads to arson, blackmail and murder.
“It was the short film, ‘Spider’ that interested me in Nash. Popular at festivals all over the world, it signals the mood for the appropriately shocking and wickedly humorous follow up feature, ‘The Square,'” commented Bob Berney, CEO of Apparition in a statement. “We intend to release both films theatrically, they are a perfect noir cocktail that will thrill audiences and announce the arrival of Nash and his brother Joel as filmmakers to contend with.”
Current Apparition releases include “The Young Victoria,” Jane Campion’s “Bright Star” and Troy Duffy’s “Boodock Saint’s II: All Saints Day.”