Variance snags ‘Word’

Theatrical release begins in New York next month

Variance Films has picked up U.S. theatrical rights to helmer Victor Nunez’s “Spoken Word,” launching the pic with a Gotham release next month.

Penned by William T. Conway and Joe Ray Sandoval, script centers on a San Francisco spoken word performer, played by Kuno Becker, who returns to New Mexico to care for the dying father portrayed by Ruben Blades. Back on his old stomping grounds, the artist finds himself drawn back into the drugs and violence he left behind.

Variance, topped by Dylan Marchetti, pacted with Santa Fe-based production company Luminaria for the deal.

“Spoken Word” is set for release at Big Cinemas Manhattan July 23, to be followed by engagements in L.A., Denver, Phoenix, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Chicago and other cities to be lined up.

Nunez (“Ulee’s Gold”) was recently tapped to helm an upcoming adaptation of 2007 novel “El Lector.”

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