EXCLUSIVE: The coming-of-age drama Remy & Arletta written by and starring Micaela Wittman (Shirley), which we were first to report on, has been acquired by indie distributor Synergetic for North America. Also starring relative newcomer Riley Quinn Scott (Apple’s Truth Be Told), the film will get a limited release in the U.S. starting October 13 before hitting VOD.
Watch the trailer above.
Based on Wittman’s same-name bestseller and the true story behind it, Remy & Arletta world premiered at Outfest last year. The film directed by Arthur De Larroche (American Bistro) follows Wittman’s Remy as she attempts to balance her relationship with her alcoholic mother (Amy Benedict) and her longtime best friend, Arletta (Scott). While Remy leans on her best friend as a coping mechanism, she learns that their co-dependent friendship is more than she realized.
Synergetic Head of Acquisitions Anatol Chavez described Remy & Arletta as “an honest, sensitive, and engaging film centered around troubled circumstances within girlhood. I trust audiences will resonate with its sincerity and depth, as I did.”
Added De Larroche, “I am glad we had the freedom to be ugly, messy and as close to reality as we could get. We’re grateful that Synergetic shares the same vision for this film and has preserved its grit.”
Remy & Arletta marks the second feature collaboration for Wittman and De Larroche on the heels of the critically acclaimed Clairevoyant, a mockumentary about a spoiled 21-year-old aspiring guru who seeks to find the meaning of life by hiring a camera crew to document her journey to enlightenment. The band Wilhelm provided the original soundtrack for the follow-up.
Synergetic made its first impression with such limited theatrical releases of festival pedigree as the Venice prizewinner Sami Blood and Marcello Fondanto’s classic Watch Out, We’re Mad. Other past releases from the company include Werner Herzog’s Wings of Hope, the Oscar-shortlisted Oink, TIFF’s The Swan and Zana and TIFF winner Empire of Dirt, Michael Rymer’s Angel Baby, Slamdance winner Birds without Feathers, and Golden Bear nominee Soy Nero.
Wittman is repped by Canopy Media Partners; her new film by CAA Media Finance.