2019 Chicago Critics Film Festival Audience Award Winner, SAINT FRANCES, Acquired by Oscilloscope
(New York, NY) August 14, 2019 - Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired U.S. rights to Alex Thompson's SAINT FRANCES, a film written by and starring Kelly O'Sullivan that played the 7th Annual Chicago Critics Film Festival. Audiences selected Opening Night feature presentation SAINT FRANCES as winner of the Audience Award for narrative features. The film premiered at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award in the Narrative Feature Competition as well as a Special Jury Recognition for Breakthrough Voice. Its international premiere took place at the Champs-Elysees Film Festival, where it was awarded the Critics' Prize and the Audience Award for the Narrative American competition. Oscilloscope will release the film in theaters before a roll out to digital platforms.
Flailing thirty-four-year-old Bridget (Kelly O'Sullivan) finally catches a break when she lands a much-needed job nannying six-year-old Frances (a scene-stealing Ramona Edith-Williams) and meets an actual nice guy. But an unwanted pregnancy introduces an unexpected complication. Just as Bridget ends the pregnancy, with no time to even recover, she clashes with the obstinate Frances and struggles to navigate a growing tension between Frances' moms. Amidst her tempestuous personal relationships, a reluctant friendship with Frances emerges, and Bridget contends with the inevitable joys and shit-shows of becoming a part of someone else's family.
Of the acquisition, filmmaker Alex Thompson says, "I've admired Oscilloscope's good taste and rebellious spirit my entire adult life. SAINT FRANCES is a summer movie, but with sunscreen and blood in equal measure. No one but O-Scope's gonna pull that off. The whole team is thrilled; it's bound to be a radical, exciting domestic release."
O-Scope's Dan Berger says, "Alex and Kelly have created a story that deals with a host of complicated elements that millions of people face every day, and managed to flesh them all out in a truthful and probing way. No element feels undeveloped. Myriad stories that are normally given short shrift are given a crucial voice here. This is some good shit!"
The film was produced by James Choi, Pierce Cravens, Ian Keiser, Eddie Linker, and Raphael Nash. Ryan Kampe of Visit Films negotiated the sale on behalf of the filmmakers.