Limbo_dir by Ben Sharrock

Source: TIFF

Amir El-Masry in ‘Limbo’

Focus Features has acquired worldwide rights excluding the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand to Ben Sharrock’s Bafta longlisted festival winner and Cannes Label asylum seeker drama Limbo.

Universal Pictures International will release internationally except in the UK, where Mubi will distribute. Focus acquired rights from Protagonist Pictures.

Sharrock wrote the screenplay about a young Syrian musician (Bifa nominee Amir El-Masry) on a fictitious Scottish island awaiting the outcome of his asylum application.

The cast includes Vikash Bhai, Ola Orebiyi, and Kwabena Ansah, Sidse Babett Knudsen, and Kais Nashif

Irune Gurtubai and Angus Lamont produced Limbo, which premiered at TIFF last year and has gone on to win prizes at Cairo and Macao.

Last week the film earned two mentions on Bafta longlists for outstanding British film and outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer.

Executive producers are Julia Oh and Daniel Battsek for Film4, Ross McKenzie for Screen Scotland, and David Segal-Hamilton and Lizzie Francke for the BFI.