Vertigo Releasing has acquired UK-Ireland rights to Tribeca award-winning US feature The Novice, which it will release in cinemas and on digital platforms on April 1, 2022.
The film is the directorial debut of US writer-director Lauren Hadaway, and is based on her personal experience as a competitive collegiate rower.
Isabelle Fuhrman stars as an obsessive college freshman who joins her university’s rowing team and undertakes an extreme physical and psychological journey to make it to the top varsity boat.
The film debuted at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival, winning three awards: best US narrative feature film, best actress for Fuhrman and best cinematography for Todd Martin.
It has five nominations - best feature, director, female lead, supporting female and editing – at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, which take place on March 6 in the US.
Hadaway has previously worked in the sound department on titles including Whiplash, Justice League, The Hateful Eight and Southpaw.
Producers on The Novice are Ryan Hawkins, Kari Hollend, Steven Sims and Zack Zucker, with Alex Engemann, Michael Tennant, Chris Hines and Ryan Bartecki as executive producers. IFC Films is handling the US release.