The Orchard has acquired North American rights to Antonio Campos’s suicide drama Christine.
The Orchard is planning a traditional theatrical release for the pic later this year followed by an awards campaign, highlighting the lauded performance by Hall in the title role.
Written by Craig Shilowich, the drama follows the true story of Christine Chubbuck (Hall), a TV news reporter who committed suicide on live television in 1974.
Christine, which played in the the U.S. Dramatic Competition section at Sundance, made its world premiere on Jan. 23. It marks the third Sundance film picked up by The Orchard, which also nabbed the autism documentary Life, Animated on Wednesday and The Hunt for the Wilderpeople during the festival.
“Christine is one of the most enthralling and compelling films we saw at Sundance, and Rebecca Hall’s performance is simply mesmerizing,” said Paul Davidson, The Orchard’s senior vp film and TV. “There are so few films that truly stick with you the way this one does. Antonio’s vision is exceptionally unique, and he is precisely the kind of filmmaker we are committed to working with at The Orchard.”
Added Campos: “We’re so happy that Christine has found a home with The Orchard. Their passion and enthusiasm has truly excited us, and we can’t think of a better partner.”
The filmmaker is no stranger to the festival. Campos produced last year’s Sundance darling James White.
Craig Shilowich and Melody C. Roscher produced Christine, and Robert Halmi Jr., Jim Reeve, Sean Durkin and Josh Mond executive produced.
WME Global and UTA repped the filmmakers.