Distributor to position film for Oscars run

Oscilloscope Laboratories has snapped up North American rights to “We Need to Talk About Kevin” from Luc Roeg’s Independent Film Co.

“Kevin,” the third feature from director Lynne Ramsay, screened in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

Oscilloscope will release “Kevin” in the winter, accompanied by an awards campaign.

Story centers on a 15-year-old, played by Ezra Miller, committing a heinous act, leaving his mother (portrayed by Tilda Swinton) to grapple with her feelings of grief and responsibility as well as the ire of the community.

Screenplay by Ramsay and Rory Stewart Kinnear is based on the novel by Lionel Shriver. The film also stars John C. Reilly as the husband of Swinton’s character.

Deal was negotiated by Cinetic’s Bart Walker and John Sloss and by Andrew Orr from Independent. Presented by BBC Films and the UK Film Council in association with Footprint Investments, Piccadilly Pictures and Lipsync Productions, the film is an Independent production in association with Artina Films and Rockinghorse Films. Produced by Luc Roeg, Jennifer Fox, Robert Salerno.

Executive producers are Steven Soderbergh, Christine Langan, Paula Jalfon, Christopher Figg, Robert Whitehouse, Michael Robinson, Andrew Orr, Norman Merry, Lisa Lambert, Ramsay and Swinton.

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