LONDON — Mister Smith Entertainment will launch international sales on the crime thriller “Mean Dreams” that has its world premiere in Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. UTA Independent Film Group is handling U.S. rights.
Golden Globe nominee Bill Paxton (“Training Day,” “Big Love,” “Nightcrawler”) stars alongside newcomers Josh Wiggins and Sophie Nélisse, with Colm Feore. The pic is directed by Nathan Morlando (“Citizen Gangster”), written by Kevin Coughlin and Ryan Grassby, and produced by Woods Entertainment’s William Woods and euclid431 pictures’ Allison Black (“Citizen Gangster”).
The editor is Ronald Sanders (“Eastern Promises,” “A History of Violence,” “A Dangerous Method”), a long-time collaborator of David Cronenberg. The music is by composer/recording artist Son Lux, a.k.a. Ryan Lott, who has worked with artists including Lorde and Sufjan Stevens.
Elevation Pictures will distribute the film theatrically in Canada.
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“Mean Dreams” is a tense and electrifying coming-of-age drama about a 15-year-old boy who steals a bag of drug money and runs away with the girl he loves while her violent and corrupt cop father hunts them down, embarking on a journey that will change their lives forever.
Local farm boy Jonas (Wiggins) meets the new girl next door, Casey (Nélisse), and is immediately taken with her. As young love blossoms between the two teenagers, Jonas also discovers that Casey’s abusive home life has reached a new level of danger. Jonas takes the lead in their escape 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. In the end, Casey and Jonas are forced to make a life-altering choice from which there will be no turning back.
Mister Smith Entertainment’s CEO David Garrett commented: “This is a movie we are proud to be representing in the Quinzaine. It is an exquisite piece of filmmaking, reminiscent of early Malick movies. Not to be missed.”