Tony Kaye’s drama premiered earlier this week at Tribeca and boasts a star-studded cast of Adrien Brody, Christina Hendricks, Marcia Gay Harden, Lucy Liu, Blythe Danner, James Caan, Tim Blake Nelson, Bryan Cranston, William Petersen and newcomers Betty Kaye and Sami Gayle.
Detachment is a portrait of the US education system through the eyes of substitute teacher Henry Barthes (Brody). When a new assignment places him at a failing public school, his insular world is slowly exposed by the teachers, students and administrators he comes across.
Paper Street Films, in association with Kingsgate and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way, are producers. The deal was negotiated by Pretty Pictures president James Velaise and ICM on behalf of the filmmakers. ICM is handling domestic rights.
In a statement, Velaise said, “This is a film that we knew we had to have the moment the credits rolled. Tony Kaye is a wonderfully creative filmmaker and Adrien Brody delivers an extraordinary performance, as does the rest of the cast. The film is powerful, emotional and incredibly visceral. It is sure to serve as a conversation piece for all film lovers and for those concerned with where the US education system is going.”
Pretty Pictures’ other recent releases include Debra Granik’s Winter’s Bone and Juan José Campanella’s The Secret In Their Eyes. Upcoming releases include Andrew Rossi’s documentary Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times, Tran Anh Hung’s Norwegian Wood, Kelly Reichardt’s Meek’s Cutoff and David Gelb’s Jiro Dreams Of Sushi.