Focus Features has swooped for the rest of the world on Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir, the first part of which was an award winner at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Focus has taken global rights excluding North America (A24), UK (Curzon) and Taiwan (Spotlight) from sales agent Protagonist Pictures to both parts one and two of the project. The deal has been in the works since Sundance.
The second film is scheduled to shoot later this year. Element Pictures has come on board to produce Part 2 with Hogg’s JWH Films. It is understood the key cast will be reprising their roles and that some further casting is underway.
The Souvenir stars Honor Swinton Byrne alongside Tom Burke and Tilda Swinton in the story of a quiet film student (Swinton Byrne) who finds her artistic voice while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but untrustworthy man (Burke).
Hogg produced alongside Luke Schiller. Backing came from the BFI Film Fund and BBC Films. Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Lizzie Francke, Rose Garnett, Andy Starke, and Dave Bishop were executive producers. Martin Scorsese, a fan of Hogg’s second feature Archipelago, also served as an executive producer.
The Souvenir premiered at Sundance this year, winning the World Cinema Dramatic prize. The film also played at the Berlinale.