Studio Soho has acquired UK distribution rights to Girl, Adura Onashile’s debut feature which premiered at Sundance Film Festival last month.
The distributor signed the deal with New Europe Film Sales on the ground this weekend at the European Film Market; it will release the film in cinemas later this year.
Having been a 2022 BFI London Film Festival works-in-progress selection, Girl launched in Sundance’s World Dramatic Competition. It will open Glasgow Film Festival next week on Wednesday, March 1.
The film follows an 11-year-old girl and her mother who take solace in an isolated world they create. The girl’s thirst for life challenges the rules of their world and forces her mother to reckon with her past.
It stars Divines actress Deborah Lukumuena alongside British-Ghanaian newcomer Le’Shantey Bonsu.
Onashile was named a Screen UK and Ireland Star of Tomorrow in 2021; with producers Rosie Crerar and Ciara Barry of barry crerar named in Screen’s inaugural Rising Stars Scotland selection last year.
Girl was developed by BBC Film having initially been part of the low-budget iFeatures programme. It is backed by BBC Film, the BFI and Screen Scotland.
“The director’s depiction of the fragility of life and the bond between mother and daughter shown through powerful and nuanced performances, stunning photography and an arresting score captured us immediately,” said Violette Martin, head of distribution at Studio Soho.
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