Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to “The Messenger” for release in November.
Pic marks the directorial debut of “Married Life” and “I’m Not There” scribe Oren Moverman. Co-written by Moverman and Alessandro Camon, “Messenger” stars Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Samantha Morton and Jena Malone. The pic played earlier this year at the Sundance and Berlin film fests.
Foster plays Will Montgomery, an Iraq vet who returns home after a tour and is assigned to the casualty notification service with his new partner (Harrelson).
“Oren has created a film that is so sincere that I believe war protesters, as well as those who are in the military, will identify with it,” said Oscilloscope principal Adam Yauch.
“Messenger” plans an awards-season campaign for the pic and its thesps.
Pic was produced by Lawrence Inglee, Mark Gordon and Zach Miller, and financed by Omnilab Media, Sherezade Films and BZ Entertainment.