Memento Boards Sundance Player ‘James White’

Sundance Film Festival James White

CANNES — Leading arthouse company Memento Films Intl. has acquired international sales rights to Josh Mond’s directorial debut “James White,” which premiered at Sundance and won the audience nod.

Pic is produced by Borderline Films, the company behind “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” and turns on James White, a troubled twentysomething whose hedonistic lifestyle in New York City gets turned upside down after his mother starts battling a serious illness.

Variety‘s Brent Lang described “James White” as the “anti-‘Terms of Endearment.” “In Hollywood movies, death is often a beatific experience. In ‘James White,’ the edgy indie drama from Josh Mond, it’s filled with night sweats, moments of incontinence, hallucinations, and a few moments of grace,” wrote Lang.

“James White” features critically claimed performances from Christopher Abbott (“Girls”), Cynthia Nixon (“Sex & the City”) and rapper-actor Scott ‘KiD CuDi’ Mescudi (“Entourage”).

“We saw the film in Sundance and fell in love with its profound inner struggle and rage of this young man. The film is an emotional and physical experience,” said Memento International’s managing director Emilie Georges, who also described the performances as “simply stunning.”

On top of directing the movie, Mond also produced, along with Sean Durkin and Antonio Campos.

Mond said he could not think of a better international partner for “James White” than Memento Films. “My Borderline partners and I have always respected and admired their work, and are elated to join their incredible family of filmmakers,” said the helmer-producer.

Memento Films International has been handling many U.S. indie movies, including the Oscar-winning “Still Alice” with Julianne Moore.

The deal was negotiated by UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of Boderline Films and Emilie Georges for Memento Films International.

“James White” has already been picked up in major territories rolling off Sundance. UTA brokered deals with Diaphana Films for France, Sun for Latin America and Spain. Sales to Benelux (September Films) have just been announced, via Memento.

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