Kinology, the Paris-based banner behind Leos Carax’s Cannes opener “Annette,” has come on board to handle international sales rights for “Mass,” Fran Kranz’s searing chamber drama that earned unanimous praise at the Sundance Film Festival.
“Mass,” which world premiered in competition at Sundance, marks Kranz’s screenwriting and directorial debut. The popular actor also produced the pic alongside Casey Wilder Mott, J.P. Ouellette and Dylan Matlock.
“Mass” unfolds years after a tragic shooting and revolves around two sets of parents — the victim’s and the perpetrator’s — who agree to meet and talk privately in an attempt to move forward. The movie has been praised for Jason Isaacs, Ann Dowd, Martha Plimpton and Reed Birney’s powerful performances.
“Mass” struck a chord among critics at Sundance for its examination of grief, anger and acceptance.
“‘Mass’ might be described as a talk-therapy thriller built out of memory — a psychodrama, a meditation, and benediction, all at the same time,” Variety‘s Owen Gleiberman wrote in his review of the film. “The writing is so deft, and the actors so committed, that by the end you feel you’ve touched the burning core of something real.”
Bleecker Street acquired U.S. rights to the film last month and is planning a theatrical release during the fourth quarter of this year.
Kinology negotiated the deal with the filmmakers, along with CAA and The Gersh Agency, which also represented U.S. rights. Headed by sales veteran Gregoire Melin, Kinology has four films set to compete at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, including “Annette” with Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard, Mia Hansen-Love’s “Bergman Island,” Catherine Corsini’s “The Divide” and Nadav Lapid’s “Ahed’s Knee.”
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