EXCLUSIVE: ARRAY Releasing has acquired worldwide rights excluding Canada to the drama The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, expanding the company’s slate of inclusive films. ARRAY founder Ava DuVernay said Thursday that the company plans a release for the Canadian film later this fall.
Written and directed by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (who also stars) and Kathleen Hepburn, the drama explores two Indigenous women living very different lives who are briefly brought together by desperate circumstances. The film debuted at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year and most recently, made its North American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.
“Through emotional, passionate storytelling, The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open showcases the rarely portrayed lives, challenges and perspectives of Indigenous women,” ARRAY president Tilane Jones said. “This beauty of a film by two dynamic women filmmakers captivated everyone at ARRAY. We’re thrilled to share Elle-Máijá and Kathleen’s talents while unveiling The Body as our 25th acquisition.”
The deal was negotiated by Gordon Bobb of Del, Shaw on behalf of ARRAY and Tyler Hagan of Experimental Forest and Lori Lozinski of Violator Films, who handled negotiations for the filmmakers.
ARRAY previously released the acclaimed The Burial Kojo by Samuel Bazawule and the Sundance documentary Merata from Hepi Mita. The news comes after Deadline scooped that the company acquired the Tribeca Film Festival award-winner Burning Cane from 19-year-old filmmaker Phillip Youmans.