Screen can reveal a first look at upcoming UK love story Only You, featuring rising stars Laia Costa and Josh O’Connor.
The project is the latest from UK outfit The Bureau, the company behind autumn festival favourite Lean On Pete and previous titles 45 Years and Daphne.
In Only You, Costa and O’Connor play a couple who, after a one-night stand on New Year’s Eve, fall madly in love. Within weeks they are living together, and not long after they begin trying for a child. When conception isn’t immediate, pressure builds on the pair and the idea of a family begins to overshadow their relationship.
The Bureau’s Paris-based international sales arm is selling the film at Unifrance’s Rendez-vous this month.
Laia Costa shot to prominence in 2015 with her leading role in Sebastian Schipper’s Victoria, for which she won a German Film Award and was nominated for a European Film Award. In 2017, she was nominated for a Bafta Rising Star award. She will next appear in Nicolas Pesce’s Piercing, which is set to premiere at Sundance.
Josh O’Connor, a 2016 Screen Star of Tomorrow, is riding the crest of a wave of accolades following his leading turn in hit UK feature God’s Own Country, for which he won the 2017 Bifa for best actor. He is a 2018 nominee for the Bafta Rising Star award and his upcoming roles include the BBC’s recently announced Les Miserables production.
Only You marks the feature debut of writer-director Harry Wootliff, whose short Nits premiered at Cannes in 2004 and was Bafta-nominated. Her second short Trip premiered at the Berlinale in 2008.
Producers on the project are Matthieu de Braconier and Tristan Goligher for The Bureau, Rachel Dargavel for Crybaby and Claire Mundell for Synchronicity Films. Sean Wheelan from Filmgate Films is a co-producer.
Creative Scotland is the majority financier with further finance coming from Curzon Artificial Eye, Constellation Creatives, Film I Vast and The Bureau. Curzon has also pre-bought UK rights.
The film is currently in post-production and will be aiming for a 2018 festival berth.