Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired US rights to Matteo Garrone’s Cannes competition film Reality.

Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired US rights to Matteo Garrone’s Cannes Grand Prix winner Reality.

Oscilloscope will take the film, Garrone’s first since 2008’s award-winning Gomorrah, to other festivals this autumn, with a theatrical, DVD and digital release to follow early next year.

Reality is the darkly comic story of a fishmonger whose reality begins to spiral out of control when he becomes obsessed with being a contestant on Big Brother.

Garrone said he was “extremely gratified by the strong response Oscilloscope had to the film and their ideas for making it successful in the US. I look forward to working with David and Dan as they move the company forward.”

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Oscilloscope’s David Laub said: “Reality is an exceptional, one-of-a-kind film that had us hooked from its amazing opening shot. It is a complex, provocative and deeply compelling look at our media obsessed culture, executed by one of the most interesting and talented filmmakers working today. This is exactly the kind of film Adam Yauch wanted to champion, and we are extremely proud to have it join the Oscilloscope family.”

The film, an Italian-French co-production from Archimede-Fandango and Le Pacte-Garance Capital with RAI Cinema, was produced by Garrone and Domenico Procacci, with Jean Labadie of Le Pacte as co-producer.

The deal was negotiated by Dan Berger and David Laub of Oscilloscope with Janine Gold of Fandango Portobello assisted by Garrone’s US representatives Bart Walker of Cinetic Media and Jeff Berg of ICM.