Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired U.S. rights from to Sophia Takal’s Always Shine, a deal that just came together at now-underway Cannes film market. Visit Films is handling the thriller’s worldwide sales and Oscilloscope plans a release later this year.
The pic, which bowed at Tribeca earlier this spring in the U.S. Narrative Feature competition, centers on two friends (Mackenzie Davis and Caitlin FitzGerald), both actresses, who leave Los Angeles for Big Sur embarking on a weekend getaway to reconnect. Once alone, the two women’s suppressed jealousies and deep-seated resentments bubble to the surface, causing them to lose grasp not just of the true nature of their relationship, but also on their own identities. Davis (Halt And Catch Fire) won a Best Actress award at Tribeca.
Takal produced her second feature with Lawrence Michael Levine and Pierce Varous.
“Sophia has created a haunting thriller about obsession, fame, and femininity to rival the likes of the pinnacle films of that ilk,” said Oscilloscope’s Dan Berger. “It has shades of Polanski and Bergman and yet it never ceases to be its own, wholly unique and authentic work. We’re very excited to be a part of bringing Always Shine to a wider audience.”