(New York, NY) May 14, 2013—Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired U.S. rights to Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais’ WHITEWASH, which just had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival where it won the Best New Narrative Director Award. The darkly comic thriller, starring Thomas Haden Church, generated significant acclaim and buzz out of Tribeca. Oscilloscope will release the film theatrically and across all digital platforms.
In the film, Haden Church plays Bruce, a down-on-his-luck and recently unemployed plow operator in a small, snowy Canadian town. When Bruce accidentally kills a man In the midst of an angry rampage with his snowplow, he must deal with the consequences. Both intense and entertaining, WHITEWASH simultaneously explores the internalized guilt and frustration Bruce is harboring, and his external battle with the rugged wintry terrain he is faced with as he attempts to escape his situation. Hoss-Desmarais brilliantly juxtaposes Bruce’s increasingly fraught emotional state to the harshly beautiful winter of rural Quebec, and Haden Church carries the film with a completely unique performance that is raw, funny, and consistently engaging.
About the acquisition, David Laub and Dan Berger from Oscilloscope said, “We are thrilled to be bringing WHITEWASH to a wide audience. The film is an incredible discovery and a remarkable showcase of both the talent of first-time feature director Hoss-Desmarais and the performance of Thomas Haden Church, who is absolutely exceptional in a demanding and complex role. It’s exactly the kind of unique and special film we love to champion.”
Filmmaker Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais says, “It’s really exciting to join a cool team like Oscillloscope. It’s clear they’re motivated in releasing unique and innovating films. Now I just can’t wait for Americans to discover Thomas Haden Church’s performance.”
The film was produced by Luc Dery and Kim McCraw of micro_scope. The deal was negotiated by David Laub and Dan Berger of Oscilloscope with Charlotte Mickie of Entertainment One (eOne) on behalf of the filmmakers. Currently, eOne is actively selling the film in Cannes.