EXCLUSIVE: Metrodome Falls for 'Resistance'


Indie distributor Metrodome has charged in for U.K. rights to Amit Gupta's World War II drama Resistance, starring Andrea Riseborough, Tom Wlaschiha and Michael Sheen.

The British indie snapped up the rights from Paris-based sales agents Rezo, which is handling international sales at AFM.

Richard Holmes and Amanda Faber are producing under the banner Big Rich Films, and the film is now shooting in Wales.

Set in 1944, Resistance is an alternative history of the war, based on Owen Sheers' novel about an imagined German invasion of Britain following the failed D-Day landings. Sheers and Gupta collaborated on the adaptation.

Rachel Portman is attached to score.

Riseborough stars as the wife of a farmer who is missing, believed to have gone underground into the British resistance. Wlaschiha plays the commander of the German platoon that comes to the remote valley. Sheen stars as Atkins, an undercover officer recruiting for the resistance.

Rezo plans to launch the film's trailer at the Berlin International Film Festival in February, with a major festival screening to follow.

"Resistance is an outstanding story that will be performance-led and review-driven," Rezo exec Laurent Danieleou said. "With the creative credentials behind it, we have no hesitation in pushing it toward the major European festivals in order to secure sales in the key markets."

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