Film stars Dree Hemingway

Music Box Films has acquired North American rights to Sean Baker’s “Starlet,” starring Dree Hemingway, great granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway and daughter of Mariel Hemingway.

Paris-based Rezo has acquired international sales rights

Music Box plans a fall release for “Starlet,” which premiered in competition at the SXSW Film Festival and received a special SXSW jury recognition for Besedka Johnson, an 85-year-old actress who makes her bigscreen debut.

Pic was produced by Blake Ashman-Kipervaser, Kevin Chinoy, Francesca Silvestri, Patrick Cunningham and Chris Maybach. Ted Hope, Shih-Ching Tsou, Saerom Kim, Saemi Kim, Giancarlo Canavesio and Sol Tryon exec produce.

“Starlet” explores the unlikely cross-generational friendship between a 21 year old and an elderly woman after the younger woman uncovers a hidden stash of money inside a relic from the elderly woman’s past.

Per Sebastien Chesneau, Rezo’s international sales topper, there is an international market for this kind of film, while in France, ” ‘Starlet’ will only require decent P&A to lure the young adult crowd. Plus, it can easily pull some TV sales.”

Rezo has also closed key territory sales on another daring U.S. film : Stephen Elliott’s James Franco-starrer “Cherry,” which opened at Berlin in the Panorama Special section.

John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy contributed to this report.

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