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Oscilloscope Grabs Tilda Swinton Starrer 'We Need To Talk About Kevin' for North America

The Festival de Cannes In Competition title is expected to get awards campaign.

We Need to Talk About Kevin
BBC/Nicole Rivelli


LONDON -- Oscilloscope Laboratories has corralled North American distribution rights to Lynne Ramsay’s We Need To Talk About Kevin, starring Oscar winner Tilda Swinton.

The movie, which unspooled early In Competition during this year’s Festival de Cannes, will be released in theaters this winter and will be accompanied by an awards campaign, Oscilliscope promised.

Ramsay’s third movie is an adaptation of Lionel Shriver’s bestseller of the same name and details the story of a mother and her son who ends up going on a high school killing spree.

Swinton’s performance in the movie garnered critical plaudits during Cannes but failed to win the actress an award from this year’s Cannes jury presided over by Robert De Niro.

Oscilloscope Laboratories chief Adam Yauch described the film as the most intense thriller he’d seen since Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby.

“I was on the edge of my seat throughout and it was clear I was in the capable hands of a master filmmaker, who I'm now proud to see join all our other great filmmakers as a member of the O-Scope family,” Yauch said.

Producer Luc Roeg said Oscilloscope fought off strong and impressive competition to grab the rights.

The deal was negotiated by Cinetic’s Bart Walker and John Sloss and by Andrew Orr from British finance, production and sales label Independent.

Presented by BBC Films and the U.K. Film Council in association with Footprint Investments, Piccadilly Pictures and Lipsync Productions, the picture is an Independent production in association with Artina Films and Rockinghorse Films.

It is produced by Luc RoegJennifer FoxRobert Salerno with executive producers Steven Soderbergh, Christine Langan, Paula Jalfon, Christopher Figg, Robert Whitehouse, Michael Robinson, Andrew Orr, Norman Merry, Lisa Lambert, Lynne Ramsay, and  Swinton.