US-based distributor Vertical Entertainment has acquired US and UK rights to Daniel Graham’s The Obscure Life Of The Grand Duke Of Corsica, and is scheduling a theatrical release in both territories for later this year.
The deal was secured through the film’s executive producer Simon Williams, an investment director at finance partner Ingenious.
Sales agent AMP International has separately sold the film to Australia (Rialto Film), Benelux (FilmFreak), India (Pictureworks), Middle East (Front Row), Turkey (SiyahBeyaz) and Greece (Odeon).
Shot on location in Malta in 2019 (long before the Covid-19 pandemic), the film depicts a pandemic which hits the island causing residents to flee. An architect chooses to stay to finish his commission for the eponymous eccentric billionaire.
Timothy Spall plays the architect with Peter Stormare as the Grand Duke and Matt Hookings as St Francis of Assisi.
Hookings of Camelot Films and Chris Hardman of Hardman Pictures produced the film, with financing from Ingenious, LipSync Productions and the Malta Film Commission.
It is the second feature for director Graham after 2019 drama Opus Zero starring Willem Dafoe. Graham previously worked in UK distribution at companies including Artificial Eye and Axiom Films.