Thriller looks at relationship between Judas and Jesus

PARIS — South African helmer Oliver Hermanus, whose “Skoonheid” (Beauty) played in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard in 2011, is reteaming with his French producer-distributor Didier Costet at Swift on “The Well,” an English-language biblical thriller.

The $5 million period pic will shed light on the complex relationship between Judas and Jesus.

Hermanus is now polishing the script, which Costet describes as “fascinating, clever and well-researched.”

Pic will be set up as an international co-production. Costet is casting.

“Beauty” bowed to warm reviews and went on to play at Toronto in the Contemporary World Cinema section.

Dedicated to world cinema and arthouse fare, Swift has been following such critically acclaimed filmmakers as Susanne Bier (“After the Wedding”) and Brillante Mendoza (“Captive”).

“I’m always interested in discovering talented directors in different parts of the world and work with them from script stage all the way to distribution,” said Costet, adding that he’ll soon be working with Latin American helmers.

Next up, Swift will release “Captive” in France in September.

(John Hopewell contributed to this report.)

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