Pacific Northwest Pictures (PNP) has acquired the Canadian rights to the drama/horror festival breakout Violation from filmmakers Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli. Violation is the debut feature from the duo who wrote, produced and directed the film in which Sims-Fewer also stars. Following the World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, the film also played the Vancouver International Film Festival, Montréal Festival of New Cinema, Calgary International Film Festival, Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival and will play at Sundance later this month. PNP will release Violation across Canada on March 26, 2021.
Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli’s enthralling feature is a bone chilling portrait of trust, loyalty, and sibling rivalry. The film pulls the audience through a dark portal into a PTSD memory smash and untangles a sticky web of trauma and resentment. Sims-Fewer plays a troubled woman on the edge of divorce who returns home to her younger sister after years apart. But when her sister and brother-in-law betray her trust, she embarks on a vicious crusade of revenge. Combining lush aesthetics and heartbreaking violence, Violation is a turbulent, dreamy, feminist revenge fable that creates an intimate cataclysm of bloody and inevitable retribution.
The film also stars Anna Maguire (The Hummingbird Project), Jesse LaVercombe (“Murdoch Mysteries”), Obi Abili (21 Bridges), Jasmin Geljo (“Schitt’s Creek”), and Cynthia Ashperger (“Orphan Black”).
Violation has received numerous awards including the TIFF Rising Star (for Madeleine Sims-Fewer), Emerging Canadian Artist Award (Calgary International Film Festival), Emerging Canadian Director Award (Vancouver International Film Festival) and was nominated for the Directors Guild of Canada Discovery Award.
Deepa Mehta, David Hamilton, François Dagenais, Matthew Nayman and David James are Executive Producers on the project.
“We are excited to bring Violation to Canadian audiences,” said Sardé Hardie, Vice President of Acquisitions and Sales at PNP. “Dusty and Madeleine have not only created a beautiful exhilarating film, but one that opens up important and much needed dialogue. That combination is when cinema is at its very best.”
“We are absolutely overjoyed to be working with PNP on the Canadian release of Violation,” said Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli. “Their passion for our film has been inspiring, and we couldn’t imagine a better team to bring it to audiences in our home country.”
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Launched in 2010, Pacific Northwest Pictures (www.pnwpictures.com) is a leading Canadian entertainment company specializing in the development, financing, production and distribution of feature films for the domestic and international marketplace. With an emphasis on high quality films from leading filmmakers in diverse genres, PNP brings those films to consumers with innovative forms of marketing and distribution across all distribution platforms.
PNP’s recent releases include the Darius Marder film Sound of Metal with Riz Ahmed and Olivia Cooke, Black Bear starring Aubrey Plaza, Christopher Abbott and Sarah Gadon, James D’Arcy’s Made In Italy with Liam Neeson and Micheál Richardson, the Jane Austen update Modern Persuasion starring Alicia Witt and Bebe Neuwirth, and Kris Rey’s I Used to Go Here with Gillian Jacobs and Jemaine Clement. Upcoming releases include Mogul Mowgli co-written and starring Riz Ahmed, and Baby Done that is executive produced by Taika Waititi.