Brutal Coming-of-Age Story ‘Mascot’ Acquired by Sumerian for North America

Sumerian has acquired the North American rights to brutal coming-of-age story “Mascot,” which had its world premiere in January at Slamdance, and its worldwide premiere on the International Film Festival Rotterdam the identical month.

Sumerian is planning a restricted theatrical launch this 12 months underneath the English title “Fortunate Son.” The pickup marks the second acquisition for Sumerian’s new movie and streaming division, which launched this 12 months.

Sumerian founder Ash Avildsen stated the movie is “a dark, brutally authentic and beautifully shot independent film centered around troubled youth in unorthodox households. It will undoubtedly strike a nerve with audiences who appreciate gritty arthouse drama, as it did with me.”

With his radical conduct, teenager Jerry endangers not solely himself however his total household. At first look, Jerry looks like a traditional teenager. He lives together with his single mom Abbey and youthful sister in a quiet coastal city and helps out at an establishment for the mentally handicapped.

But deep inside, Jerry, who was born with deformed tooth, feels lonely and pissed off. Looking for a type of launch from this, he participates in unlawful fights. When Abbey, who has at all times given him unconditional but in addition overwhelming love, begins to let go, one thing snaps. Jerry’s conduct turns into so radical that it destabilizes not solely himself however your entire household.

“Mascot” is written by Gustaaf Peek, directed by Remy van Heugten, and produced by Joram Willink for Bind in The Netherlands. The movie stars Liam Jeans, Maartje Remmers, Geert Van Rampelberg, Leopold Witte and Joes Brauers.

Willink stated: “After a very warm reception by the audience as well as press at Slamdance, I am thrilled that ‘Mascot’ is brought to a big audience in U.S. cinemas and VOD. Its topic – the psychology of radicalization of a youngster – is more urgent than ever. We are very grateful that Sumerian shares the same vision for the film with its contemporary theme, impact and quality.”

“Mascot” is the second movie by Van Heugten, whose debut “Gluckauf” (“Son of Mine”) gained 4 Golden Calves, the Netherlands’ high movie prize, together with finest route and finest movie.

“Mascot” is a Bind manufacturing in co-production with Savage Film (Belgium) and Dutch broadcaster BNNVARA. Support got here from the Netherlands Film Fund, Netherlands Film Production Incentive, CoBO, Flemish Audiovisual Fund and Flanders Tax Shelter.

Willink’s credit embrace “The Judgement” (2021, Palm Springs and Shanghai movie festivals, and 4 Golden Calves, together with finest movie), “My Extraordinary Summer With Tess” (2019, particular point out, Berlinale), “Son of Mine” (2015, Rotterdam Tiger Competition, and 4 Golden Calves, together with finest movie), and “Shouf Shouf Habibi” (2004, Berlinale Panorama).

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