18 October 2018

IFC Films has picked up US rights to the Patricia Clarkson detective noir Out Of Blue following its recent world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival.

Carol Morley wrote and directed the Martin Amis adaptation about a New Orleans homicide detective who investigates the shooting of leading astrophysicist and black hole expert in a case that shakes her view of the universe and herself.

Rounding out the key cast are Mamie Gummer, Jacki Weaver, James Caan, and Toby Jones. Independent handles international sales. IFC FIlms plans a 2019 theatrical release.

Luc Roeg, Cairo Cannon, and Maggie Monteith produced. An exhaustive list of executive producers includes Ben Roberts for the BFI, Rose Garnett and Joe Oppenheimer for BBC Films, Philip Herd, Andrew Orr and Cora Palfrey for Independent, Chris Reed for Freebie Films, Morley for Cannon and Morley Productions, Jay Taylor and John Jencks for Electric Shadow, Meroë Candy for Wellcome Trust, Norman Merry and Peter Hampden for Lipsync Productions LLP, and Joe Simpson and Simon Williams.

BFI (awarding National Lottery funding), BBC Films, Dignity Film Finance and Ellenglaze Films, Electric Shadow, Lipsync and Wellcome Trust financed the film.

IFC Films co-presidents Jonathan Sehring and Lisa Schwartz said, “With a fantastic lead performance by Patricia Clarkson, Out Of Blue is a highly cerebral and brilliant new addition to the film noir canon. We’re thrilled to bring Carol Morley’s film to audiences across the US.”

Morley added: “I am so happy that Out Of Blue has found such a warm welcome and home at IFC. For me it is my dream North American distributor. Many of the films that they have released over the years are films I love, by filmmakers that I am a fan of, so to join their ranks is a real honour.”

Head of Sales at Independent, Sarah Lebutsch, said “We are very excited to partner up again with the experienced and talented team at IFC, to bring Carol Morley’s vision combined with Patricia Clarkson’s incredible performance to audiences across America.”

Arianna Bocco, executive vice-president of acquisitions and production at IFC Films brokered the deal with CAA Media Finance and Independent on behalf of the filmmaker.

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