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Focus Features Acquires Neil Jordan’s Psychological Thriller ‘Greta’
10 Sep 2018 : Nathan Griffin
Following its successful world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on Thursday, Neil Jordan’s new psychological thriller ‘Greta’ has secured a North American sales deal with Focus Features.

According to reports from Deadline & the Hollywood Reporter, an all-night auction ensued in Toronto following the film’s world premiere. Focus is said to have outbid competition that included Lionsgate, NEON and Netflix in a $6 million dollars deal that includes North America, Australia and China.

The film received a number of positive reviews with IndieWire’s Kate Erbland criticising TIFF’s placement of the project in the special presentation, saying:

“This campy B-movie curiosity should have been programmed in the Midnight Madness, instead hiding in the Special Presentations section where it’s billed as a “nerve-rattling thriller.” It’s that, sure, but it’s also hearty fun, a “bad” movie that’s made suddenly good by the involvement of a game audience and Jordan allowing Huppert to go certifiably batshit on a doe-eyed Moretz.”

Directed by Academy Award-winning Irish director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game) and comprising an impressive Irish and international cast including Stephen Rea (The Crying Game), Isabelle Huppert (Elle) and Chloé Grace Moretz (Carrie) , Greta is a contemporary psychological thriller. After discovering a handbag on a New York subway train, Frances McCullen (Moretz), a young woman bereaved by her mother's death, sets about returning it to its rightful owner. Frances subsequently strikes up an unusual friendship with enigmatic widow Greta Hideg, however Greta's motives may be more sinister than they initially seem.

Stephen Rea, a frequent collaborator of Jordan’s, features as a private detective in the film, which sees the streets of Dublin double-up as New York.

Speaking about Greta, Neil Jordan said:

"There was something intriguing about the original screenplay when I read it because it was almost entirely amongst three women. It's a story about possession: an almost romantic obsession that refuses to let go. The fact that the obsessional elements of the story are motivated by a woman appealed to me and that no males played a significant part in the story was intriguing."

Greta is produced by James Flynn (‘Calvary’) for Metropolitan Films alongside Lawrence Bender, Sidney Kimmel and John Penotti, with Academy Award®-nominated Seamus McGarvey (Nocturnal Animals) serving as DOP, forming part of an Irish-led team which includes multiple Emmy Award-winning costume designer Joan Bergin, production designer Anna Rackard and editor Nick Emerson.

Universal, who previously acquired the UK/Irish distribution rights for the film, is expected to plan a coordinated “splash” release across English speaking territories in 2019 after Jordan awarded the North American/Australian rights deal to Focus on Thursday night.

‘Greta’ is expected to be released in early 2019.




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