Ingenious Media is proud to announce that five films produced by investee companies managed by Ingenious have been selected for the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals.

The Son

The Son:  produced by Neddy Dean Productions. Adapted by Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton (The Father, Dangerous Liaisons), from Zeller’s acclaimed stage play, Hugh Jackman (The Greatest Showman, X-Men) stars as Peter whose busy life with his new partner is thrown into disarray when his ex-wife Kate, played by Laura Dern (Marriage Story, Jurassic World), arrives with their troubled and distant teenage son, setting the family on a dangerous collision course.  The film will hold its world premiere in competition at the Venice Film Festival and will then receive a Gala Presentation in Toronto.

Butcher’s Crossing:  produced by Conqueror Productions.  Based on the seminal novel by John Edward Williams, Butcher’s Crossing is a frontier epic that follows a young Harvard drop-out into the Colorado wilderness as he joins a team of buffalo hunters in search of a mythic herd of buffalo. Little does he know, the journey will put his life and sanity at risk. Detailing a gripping and largely untold chapter in American history, Butcher’s Crossing is a riveting commentary on human nature, masculinity, and man’s relationship to his natural environment.  Starring Nicolas Cage (The Rock, Leaving Las Vegas) the film is directed by Gabe Polsky and will receive its world premiere as a Gala Presentation at the Toronto Film Festival.

Allelujah:  produced by Great Bison Productions.  Richard Eyre (Notes on a Scandal, Iris) directs an adaptation of the stage play written by Alan Bennett (The Lady in the Van, The Madness of King George).  Set in a Yorkshire geriatric hospital Judi Dench (Belfast, Shakespeare in Love)  and Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous, Death on the Nile) star in this spirited homage to the idiosyncrasies of old age and the fortitude of health care workers.  The film will receive its world premiere as a Special Presentation at the Toronto Film Festival.

The Lost King:  produced by Magaritz Productions stars Sally Hawkins (The Phantom of the Open, The Shape of Water) and Steve Coogan (Stan and Ollie, Philomena).  In 2012, having been lost for over 500 years, the remains of King Richard III were discovered beneath a carpark in Leicester. The search had been orchestrated by amateur historian Philippa Langley, whose unrelenting research had been met with incomprehension by her friends and family and with scepticism by experts and academics. Directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen, Dangerous Liaisons) this is the life-affirming true story of a woman who refused to be ignored and who took on the country’s most eminent historians, forcing them to think again about one of the most controversial kings in England’s history. The film will receive its world premiere as a Special Presentation at the Toronto Film Festival.

Emily:  produced by Popara Films.  First time feature film director Frances O’Connor brings the life of Emily Bronte to the big screen with Emma Mackey (Death of the Nile, Sex Education) playing the eponymous writer of Wuthering Heights.  O’Connor has assembled a stellar ensemble cast including Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Mr. Malcolm’s List, The Invisible Man), Fionn Whitehead (The Duke, Dunkirk) and Adrian Dunbar (Line of Duty, The Crying Game).  The film will hold its world premiere in the competitive Platform section at the Toronto Film Festival.