Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to Animals, the SXSW 2014 title starring PrisonersDavid Dastmalchian and Kim Shaw as young Chicagoan lovers and addicts whose relationship is tested by a sudden, life-altering setback. Collin Schiffli makes his directorial debut with the film, which Dastmalchian wrote. Oscilloscope is planning a 2015 release.

Animals“We are so thrilled to be releasing Animals, a film we haven’t been able to shake since first seeing it at South by Southwest,” Oscilloscope’s Dan Berger and David Laub said in a statement. “The movie is at once a bold and honest look at one of the tougher parts of our world, while simultaneously a poetic and lyrical reflection on how love and human connection can get anyone through the most difficult of circumstances. Collin is a major new filmmaker, and we are excited to welcome him, David and the rest of the Animals team to the O-Scope family.” The deal was negotiated by ICM Partners and Marc Simon of Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard on behalf of the filmmakers.