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Film Movement has acquired Olivier Award-winning playwright Debbie Tucker Green’s feature film debut Second Coming, which stars Idris Elba and Nadine Marshall as a modern-day London couple who find themselves in the middle of a miracle.
Written and directed by Tucker Green, Second Coming follows Jackie (Marshall) and Mark (Elba), a middle- class couple who, along with their 11-year old son, Jerome (Kai Francis Lewis), must grapple with a unique situation. Jackie has just learned that she is pregnant, but she hasn’t been intimate with anyone for a long time, including her husband. She confides in her co-workers but takes a while before she tells Mark. When she finally breaks the news, Mark does not take it well, and the family must find a way to recover.
Second Coming premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September.
Film Movement president Michael E. Rosenberg brokered the deal with London-based Protagonist Pictures at the Cannes film market. Vanessa Saal negotiated for Protagonist.
The New York-based distributor is planning a 2016 release.
“With Second Coming, Debbie Tucker Green brings the same drama and fine acting found in her signature stage work to film, but with the addition of lush cinematography,” Rosenberg said. “We look forward to bringing this film to her admirers as well as the many fans of Idris Elba.”
Second Coming marks the third Cannes deal for Film Movement, which acquired Haemoo and The Automatic Hate, which was signed just before the festival. Second Coming is also a reteaming for Film Movement and Protagonist. Film Movement acquired Peter Greenaway’s The Pillow Book from Protagonist and will issue restored Blu-ray and DVD versions of the film under the Film Movement Classics banner on June 9.
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