TrustNordisk announced today that they have boarded international sales on European co-production THE OTHER LAMB, the first English language feature from highly acclaimed and Silver Bear-winning director, MaÅ‚gorzata Szumowska.
A prolific filmmaker, she won The Silver Bear at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival for her Polish language film BODY, and the Grand Jury Prize for MUG in at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival. The film will start shooting in Ireland on February 11th and stars Raffey Cassidy (VOX LUX), Michiel Huisman (THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE), and Denise Gough (COLETTE).
The film´s producers include Academy AwardÂ® nominee David Lancaster and Stephanie Wilcox of Rumble Films, producers of an impressive resume of films including WHIPLASH (2014), NIGHTCRAWLER (2014) and EYE IN THE SKY (2016), alongside Aoife O´Sullivan and Tristan Orpen Lynch of Subotica (MISS JULIE, 2014; YOUNG ONES, 2014) and in association with Producer Marie Gade Denessen of Zentropa (THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT, 2018; THE HUNT, 2012) and in coproduction with Umedia (MY BRILLIANT FRIEND, 2019; MANDY, 2018).
Featured on the 2017 Black List and Blood List, THE OTHER LAMB is written by the award-winning and internationally acclaimed Australian screenwriter Catherine S. McMullen.
Managing Director at TrustNordisk, Susan Wendt, comments on the pick up: “We are really excited to be working with MaÅ‚gorzata Szumowska on this unique psychological story that will put you on the edge of your seat.”
Raffey Cassidy, who most recently starred opposite Natalie Portman in Brady Corbet´s VOX LUX, was the youngest ever actor to be named in Screen Internationa´s Stars of Tomorrow in 2013 for her role as Athena in TOMORROWLAND opposite George Clooney. Other credits include Yorgos Lanthimos´ KILLING OF A SACRED DEER with Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell. Michiel Huisman can most recently be seen in the wildly popular Netflix series, THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE, and previously played Daario Naharis in GAME OF THRONES. His feature credits include THE AGE OF ADALINE opposite Blake Lively. Two-time Olivier Award-winning actress Denise Gough´s film credits include COLETTE opposite Keira Knightly and Dominic West, as well as JULIET, NAKED, opposite Rose Byrne and Chris O´Dowd. Gough was nominated for Best Featured actress in a Play at the 2018 Tony Awards for her role in “Angels in America.”
In addition to her acclaimed films, Malgorzata served on the Competition Jury at the Venice Film Festival in 2018. She is one of the founders of the Speak Up campaign in Europe to put an end to sexual harassment and discrimination within the entertainment industry. Her long-time collaborator Michal Englert (BODY, MUG) is the Director of Photography for the film. UTA, which represents the director and the cast, will rep North American rights to the film. The screenwriter is represented by Fictional Entity and RGM Artists.
THE OTHER LAMB is a haunting and nightmarish tale that tells the story of Selah (RAFFEY CASSIDY), a young girl born into a repressive cult known as the Flock. The members of the Flock - all women and female children- live in a rural compound, and are led by one man, known only as Shepherd (MICHIEL HUISMAN). Selah, a daughter who is on the cusp of teenage-hood, is an incredibly devoted follower, but begins to bond with Sarah (DENISE GOUGH), an outcast wife who has grown skeptical of Shepherd´s teachings. Selah is given the great honor of participating in the sacred ritual of the birthing of the lambs - upon which they depend for survival - where she has a shocking and otherworldly experience. She begins to have strange visions that make her question her own reality, and everything the Shepherd has taught her and her sisters.
THE OTHER LAMB is produced by Rumble Films and Subotica Productions, in association with Zentropa and in coproduction with Umedia. Executive produced by Julia Godzinskaya and Will Norton of Rooks Nest Entertainment, Jon Shiffman and Andrew Schwartzberg of Rumble Films and Adrian Politowski of Umedia. The film is made with the participation of FÃs Ã‰ireann/Screen Ireland and is an official Irish-Belgian coproduction.