A24 announced the acquisition of GINGER & ROSA, a provocative story about friendship and betrayal featuring a sensational performance by Elle Fanning. The Sally Potter film had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival followed by a Special Presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival. Film will also screen Oct. 8 as part of the prestigious New York Film Festival. The film also stars bright newcomer Alice Englert, Alessandro Nivola, Christina Hendricks, Timothy Spall, Oliver Platt, and Annette Bening. A24 plans on doing a qualifying run of the film in 2012 for awards consideration followed by a theatrical release in early 2013.
A24 says: “We fell in love with Ginger & Rosa. We’ve been fans of Sally’s for a long time. She has crafted a touching, heartfelt, and extraordinary work anchored by an absolutely incredible performance by Elle Fanning which already has a tremendous amount of love from audiences and journalists alike. We look forward to bringing the film to a wide audience and showing the world one of the best performances of the year.”
Of the partnership Potter says, “I am very excited to join forces with this new, dynamic company whose passion for movies, focused energy and bold imagination make it the ideal home for Ginger & Rosa.”
GINGER & ROSA was produced by Christopher Sheppard and Andrew Litvin for Adventure Pictures and marks Potters sixth time behind the camera since splashing onto the scene with ORLANDO.
The deal was negotiated with A24 by Bart Walker and John Sloss of Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmakers. International Sales are being handled by The Match Factory.
London,1962. Two teenage girls – GINGER & ROSA – are inseparable. They skip school together, talk about love, religion and politics and dream of lives bigger than their mothers’ domesticity. But the growing threat of nuclear war casts a shadow over their lives. Ginger (Elle Fanning) is drawn to poetry and protest, while Rosa (Alice Englert) shows Ginger how to smoke cigarettes, kiss boys and pray. Both rebel against their mothers: Rosa’s single mum, Anoushka (Jodhi May), and Ginger’s frustrated painter mother, Natalie (Christina Hendricks). Meanwhile, Ginger’s pacifist father, Roland (Alessandro Nivola) seems a romantic, bohemian figure to the girls. He encourages Ginger’s ‘Ban-the-Bomb’ activism, while Rosa starts to take a very different interest in him. As Ginger’s parents fight and fall apart, Ginger finds emotional sanctuary with a gay couple, both named Mark (Timothy Spall and Oliver Platt), and their American friend, the poet Bella (Annette Bening). Finally, as the Cuban Missile Crisis escalates – and it seems the world itself may come to an end – the lifelong friendship of the two girls is shattered. Ginger clutches at one hope; if she can help save the world from extinction, perhaps she too will survive this moment of personal devastation.