One of many Sundance Movie Competition titles this yr anticipated to spark a bidding warfare was Passing, the directorial debut from Rebecca Corridor. The film, an formidable interval piece, had loads of buzz going into the competition, and that continued with largely optimistic evaluations. As anticipated, the flick generated some chatter, and that in flip has led to a deal out of the fest. Netflix has acquired Passing, presumably with the intention of creating it one among their Academy Award hopefuls subsequent yr. Whether or not or not it might enchantment to Oscar stays to be seen, however they’ve made their mark out of digital Park Metropolis, after seeing Apple go huge for CODA final week.
Right here’s a bit from the Variety story, which Netflix confirmed after in a tweet:
Rebecca Corridor’s directorial debut already made a giant splash with its Sundance Movie Competition premiere — and the movie is about to make even larger noise, as Netflix is nearing a $16 million deal for worldwide distribution rights on the movie, a person with data of the deal tells Selection.
Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga star within the mission, based mostly on the 1929 novella by Nella Larsen and tailored by Corridor, about racial passing in Twenties New York.
“Passing” was one of many buzziest titles heading into the competition, with Endeavor Content material dealing with gross sales for the image. The movie boasts a starry forged (André Holland, Alexander Skarsgård and Invoice Camp additionally star within the movie) and, after its well-reviewed premiere, a large acquisition deal was to be anticipated.
Set amid the Harlem Renaissance, Irene (Thompson) and Clare (Negga) are two combined race girls, and childhood pals, who reunite of their maturity, discovering that they now dwell on two completely different sides of the colour line, with Clare “passing” as white. As the 2 girls’s lives develop into extra intertwined, the narrative turns inward, giving a glance into the difficult nature of racial identification and the way we’re all are impacted by how the world sees us.
Corridor’s movie, which additionally options Gbenga Akinnagbe, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy and Ashley Ware Jenkins, premiered on Saturday as a part of the U.S. Dramatic Competitors lineup for Sundance’s digital 2021 version.
Netflix isn’t any slouch with regards to huge ticket buys in Park Metropolis (whether or not the competition is held in individual or just about). On the fest final yr, the streamer picked up Directing award-winner “The Forty-Yr-Outdated Model,” from author, director and star Radha Clean, in a reported mid-to-high seven determine deal. The movie has gone on to earn Gotham, Impartial Spirit and AFI honors, in addition to a spot on the highest movies listing from the Nationwide Board of Overview. Netflix additionally acquired Jeff Orlowski’s documentary “The Social Dilemma” and had already acquired “His Home,” the heady horror movie from newcomer Remi Weeks, forward of its competition premiere.
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