Amplify Releasing has acquired U.S. distribution rights to writer-director Xavier Dolan’s 2013 psychosexual thriller, “Tom at the Farm,” based on the stage play by Michel-Marc Bouchard. The film, starring Dolan opposite Caleb Landry Jones and Pierre-Yves Cardinal, first premiered back at the Venice Film Festival in 2013 but was never released in the United States.
The official plot synopsis reads: “After the sudden death of his lover, Guillaume (Jones), Tom (Dolan) travels from his home in the city to Guillaume’s family’s remote country farm for the funeral. Upon arriving, he’s shocked to find that the family knows nothing of him and was expecting a woman in his place. Tom keeps his identity a secret but soon finds himself increasingly drawn into a twisted, sexually charged game by Guillaume’s aggressive brother (Cardinal), who suspects the truth.”
“Xavier has made a phenomenally good film — it’s scary and sexy and expertly crafted on all fronts,” said Amplify Releasing’s Dylan Marchetti. “It’s moving, it’s insanely smart, and it’s the kind of thing you can’t shake easily. So, we don’t really care that film debuted a while ago — it’s an amazing work, audiences deserve to see it on a big screen, and as a company, we won’t let a film this good fall through the cracks.”
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“It’s hard to say it in a fully modest way, but I was truly puzzled as to how exactly ‘Tom At The Farm’ had never landed distribution in the U.S.,” added Dolan. “To me, it was by far my most accessible film; I mean, it’s a 90-minute psychological thriller, and it’s sort of gory but then very conventional too. I’m obviously psyched that Amplify Releasing has taken ‘Tom’ under their wing. But the topic remains truly relevant — can intolerance and psychological violence ever be dull? — and I’m proud to know the American public will be able to see it. And hopefully, like it.”
Amplify Releasing will release “Tom at the Farm” on August 14. Check out the new poster below: