Bleecker Street Acquires “Disobedience”

Screen Daily is reporting that Bleecker Street has acquired the rights for “Disobedience” in the US and looks like they will be aiming for a release in 2018. The movie premiered earlier this month during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival with rave reviews for Rachel’s performance. The movie was already picked up internationally and will be released on May 4, 2018 in the UK.

Bleecker Street has acquired US rights to Sebastian Lelio’s Disobedience, the drama starring Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola that premiered in Toronto.

Lelio’s English-language debut centres on a Jewish community in north London as a New York-based photographer returns for her father’s funeral and rekindles a friendship with another woman.

Lelio wrote the screenplay with Rebecca Lenkiewicz. Frida Torresblanco produced for Braven Films, Ed Guiney for Element Pictures, and Rachel Weisz for LC6 Productions. Film4 developed the film and co-financed with the film’s internationals sales agent FilmNation.

“Sebastian has captured, with real authenticity, the universality of love and faith, and the strength and sacrifice it takes to fight for what you believe in,” Bleecker Street CEO Andrew Karpen said. “We’re excited to bring Rachel Weisz’s, Rachel McAdams’ and Alessandro Nivola’s powerful and honest performances to audiences across the country next year.”

Lelio said, “Bleecker Street has proven in just a few years the power independent filmmaking can have across a wide range of audiences, and I am thrilled Disobedience has found a home there with likeminded creatives.”

Executive producers are Rose Garnett and Daniel Battsek for Film4, Ben Browning and Glen Basner for FilmNation, Andrew Lowe for Element Pictures, and Eric Laufer and Giovanna Randall.

Kent Sanderson and Avy Eschenasy on behalf of Bleecker Street brokered the deal with WME Global and FilmNation.

Bleecker Street released the following press release:

Bleecker Street has announced it has secured U.S. distribution rights to director Sebastián Lelio’s Disobedience, based on the book by Naomi Alderman. The film world premiered at the recent Toronto International Film Festival to strong critical acclaim for both Lelio’s filmmaking in his English language debut and standout performances by Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola.

From a screenplay by Lelio and Rebecca Lenkiewicz, the film follows a woman as she returns from New York after the death of her estranged rabbi father to the Orthodox Jewish community in North London where she grew up. Once back at home, she stirs up controversy when she shows an interest in a childhood friend.

“Sebastian has captured, with real authenticity, the universality of love and faith, and the strength and sacrifice it takes to fight for what you believe in,” said Andrew Karpen, CEO of Bleecker Street. “We’re excited to bring Rachel Weisz’s, Rachel McAdams’ and Alessandro Nivola’s powerful and honest performances to audiences across the country next year.”

Director Lelio said, “Bleecker Street has proven in just a few years the power independent filmmaking can have across a wide range of audiences, and I am thrilled DISOBEDIENCE has found a home there with likeminded creatives.”

Producing are Frida Torresblanco for Braven Films, Ed Guiney for Element Pictures, and Rachel Weisz for LC6 Productions. Film4 developed the film and co-financed with FilmNation Entertainment who is also handling international sales.

Executive producers are Rose Garnett and Daniel Battsek for Film4, Ben Browning and Glen Basner for FilmNation Entertainment, Andrew Lowe for Element Pictures, as well as Eric Laufer and Giovanna Randall.

The deal was negotiated between Kent Sanderson and Avy Eschenasy on behalf of Bleecker Street and WME Global and FilmNation Entertainment on behalf of the filmmakers.


2 Comments on “Bleecker Street Acquires “Disobedience””

  1. If it’s released next year it won’t be eligible for 2018 oscars and if it’s released in the first half of next year in the US, it’s unlikely to be an Oscar contender as most are released in the Oct-Dec window. Which seems like a waste. Why not just release it in December? I, Tonya which will be released in the US Dec 8 this year and is garnering buzz as an Oscar contender still hasn’t released a trailer either. Disobedience received critical acclaim after its world premiere at TIFF with most reviews I read praising it so highly saying it has awards season potential. Seems like a lossed opportunity for Bleecker St if they don’t release it by Dec 31 this year. Can’t see what’s to gain releasing it in the first half of next year in the US.

  2. @ K – Thank you for your input. It’s still a possibility that they will release it next year and will push it for the 2018-2019 award season. But we agree, we also wish they would release it this year, especially after the good reviews.

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