LONDON — Mister Smith Entertainment has sold coming-of-age drama “Mean Dreams,” which premiered in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, to more than 20 territories. The deals follow on the heels of a sale to French distributor La Belle Company during the festival.
Latest buyers include ACME for the Baltic States, Capella for CIS, Blitz for all former Yugoslavian countries, Odeon for Greece, Sam Film for Iceland, United King for Israel, Jaguar for the Middle East, Monolith for Poland, Shaw Renters for Singapore, Pan Cinema for South Korea, Freeman for Hungary, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia and Bulgaria, Pioneer for the Philippines, Nos Lusomundo for Portugal, Cai Chang for Taiwan, Sahamongkoi for Thailand, and the Aqua Group for Turkey.
Elevation Pictures will distribute the film theatrically in Canada.
Mister Smith’s CEO David Garrett stated: “We were delighted by the reactions from buyers and critics alike, and we feel this will be a significant launch-pad for both Nathan Morlando as a director of great substance and vision, and also two fine young actors in the shape of Josh Wiggins and Sophie Nelisse, both of whom will have amazing careers ahead of them.”
Bill Paxton stars alongside newcomers Josh Wiggins and Sophie Nelisse. Nathan Morlando (“Citizen Gangster”) directs from a script by Kevin Coughlin and Ryan Grassby. The film is produced by Woods Entertainment’s William Woods and euclid431 pictures’ Allison Black (“Citizen Gangster”).
The film centers on 15-year-old farm boy Jonas (Wiggins), who meets the new girl next-door, Casey (Nelisse), and is immediately taken with her. As young love blossoms between the teenagers, Jonas also discovers that Casey’s abusive home life has reached a new level of danger, and they decide to escape.
Jonas takes the lead by stealing a bag full of drug money from Casey’s corrupt father — local cop Wayne Caraway (Paxton). With the stolen cash as their only means to a better life, Casey flees with Jonas and together, under relentless pursuit from her father, they learn the hard truth of what it will take in order to survive.