Language course, the directorial debut by Natalie Morales which was a hit at South by Southwest (SXSW) this year, has resumed distribution in the United States. After having a world premiere at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, the film screened at SXSW last month where it won an audience award.
Noting the success of Language course, Yell! The studios have taken over the North American rights to the film. The plan now is to release the film in other theaters and other platforms later this year through the deal which also includes digital, VOD, broadcast and home entertainment rights. It is not yet clear when the company will roll out the feature’s distribution plans.
“Shout! Has held a special place in my heart, a long time ago since they released my first show, The Middleman. What can I say? They’ve always had a good eye, and they’ve always supported the little guy.” Morales said in a statement. “I’m delighted that they’re the ones who will bring this film about connecting to a larger audience at a time when I think we could all use it.”
Addition of Jordan Fields, VP Acquisitions at Shout! Studios: “Language Lessons is a masterfully performed, purposefully crafted and deeply entertaining portrait of friendship by Natalie and Mark. It gives you hope that a true human connection can flourish in the unsympathetic world of screens.”
Language course follows Adam (Mark Duplass), whose husband surprises him with a gift of one year of Spanish lessons per week. But when tragedy strikes, her teacher, Cariño (Natalie Morales), becomes a lifeline he didn’t know he needed, and the two develop an unexpected and complicated emotional bond. In addition to directing and starring, Morales’s executive has produced alongside Duplass and Jay Duplass. Mel Eslyn produced.
“We were so moved by the response to our little movie, but it was the unwavering passion and innovative strategy of Shout! That finally convinced us,” Mark Duplass said in a statement. In a follow-up tweet, he added: “Now you can all see LANGUAGE COURSES later this year!”
“I am delighted to partner again with iconic storytellers and filmmakers Mark and Mel on this award-winning and very special film,” said Julie Dansker, New Content Sales Manager at Shout. “Mark and Natalie’s performances are incredible and we are delighted to share Natalie’s incredibly impressive and refreshing debut with the audience.”
Language course is the first director of Morales, who has appeared on shows like Dead to me and Plan B. Duplass, known for The morning show and 104 room, wrote the screenplay. The feature includes original music by Gaby Moreno. Shot in secret during the pandemic, the film was developed using a small team of skeletons in Los Angeles and Costa Rica.
Fantastic movies still come out of SXSW every year, and the tradition continued with the 2021 online event. Be sure to watch out for the release of Language course to see what the people at the virtual SXSW were so happy with. This news comes to us from Variety.
Subjects: SXSW, Shout Factory, Language courses
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