Jessie Barr’s characteristic directorial debut has secured distribution. Oscilloscope Laboratories snagged North American rights to “Sophie Jones” and plans to launch the coming-of-age story within the first quarter of 2021. Deadline broke the news.
“Sophie Jones” is “impressed by true experiences of grief, girlhood, and rising up,” and tells the story of a 16-year-old woman (Jessica Barr) reeling from her mom’s loss of life. “As she struggles along with her loss and the challenges of being a teen, Sophie tries every little thing she will to really feel one thing once more, whereas holding herself collectively,” the supply teases.
The movie’s star, Jessica Barr, is writer-director Jessie Barr’s cousin. The pair penned “Sophie Jones’” script collectively and are among the many venture’s exec producers.
“Sufficient Mentioned” filmmaker Nicole Holofcener exec produced the teenager drama, which made its world premiere ultimately yr’s Deauville Movie Competition.
“’Sophie Jones’ has been a real labor of affection and I’m past thrilled that the movie has discovered its dwelling with Oscilloscope,” mentioned Jessie Barr. The Sundance Fellow continued, “This can be a dream come true. Oscilloscope’s love for filmmakers, dedication to inventive collaboration, and keenness for the movie make me assured ‘Sophie Jones’ will attain its viewers. We will’t wait to share it.”
O-Scope’s Aaron Katz added, “We’re very excited to be bringing ‘Sophie Jones’ to audiences. Jessie has crafted a heartfelt and trustworthy coming-of-age portrait that reignited a spread of teenage feelings I believed I had lengthy since escaped. The movie’s naturalism and relatability supplied an 80-minute escape to normalcy in what has undoubtedly been a hell of a yr.”
Requested if the expertise of directing her first characteristic was similar to what she thought it might be like, Barr told The Moveable Fest, “Truthfully, there wasn’t time to even give it some thought! And since it was my first time making a characteristic, I didn’t have something much like measure it by or examine it to. I knew it might be difficult,” she acknowledged, “however I had no thought how magical, devastating and wild it truly can be. It occurred so shortly and I simply needed to go, go, go, [knowing] that there was no room for expectation, concern or doubt. I believe my naivete was helpful and crucial too in numerous methods truly,” Barr defined. “It made me open. The extent of will and perception that’s essential to maintain all through the method of bringing a movie to life is tough to explain. I don’t assume I noticed how a lot making a movie like this takes over your life, your complete being. It has been like a companion for the previous two years, day-after-day all day, eat, drink, sleep, and dream about it. I’m studying about boundaries!”