Cannes: Fortissimo Finalizes Slate With Coming-of-Age Drama 'Closet Monster'

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'Closet Monster'

Stephen Dunn's directorial debut sees Isabella Rossellini provide the voice for a talking hamster.

Hong Kong- and Amsterdam-based Fortissimo Films has picked up the international rights to Stephen Dunn's coming-of-age drama Closet Monster, with sales set to begin at the Cannes market this week.

The English-language Canadian feature is currently in post-production and marks the young filmmaker's feature debut. It follows the life of Oscar Madly, played by Connor Jessup (Falling Skies, Blackbird), a teenager who has spent years destabilized by his dysfunctional parents, unsure of his sexuality and haunted by horrific images of a childhood trauma. A talking hamster voiced by Isabella Rossellini helps him discover his true identity.

Closet Monster is produced by Rhombus Media (The Red Violin, Blindness) and Newfoundland-based Best Boy Entertainment.

The deal was finalized by Fortissimo Films’ chairman Michael J. Werner and producers Fraser Ash and Kevin Krikst, together with executive producer Niv Fichman.

"Stephen Dunn is working towards a masterful and powerful debut film with an extraordinary performance by Connor Jessup. We are thrilled to once again be working with the Rhombus team and the guys at Best Boy Entertainment. Together, we feel they are at the cutting edge of new Canadian cinema," said Werner.

The news comes one day after Fortissimo announced that it was acquiring Dennis Bartok's horror film P.O.V. Fortissimo also picked up Maurice Dekkers culinary documentary Ants on a Shrimp and Victor Vu’s Vietnamese title, Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass.