Mubi has acquired Ira Sachs’ romantic drama “Passages” since the film’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The distributor will bring the film to the Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival for an international premiere in February; Additionally, it has a theatrical release set for sometime in 2023.
WME Independent and SBS International led negotiations for the final deal with Mubi.
The film, starring Ben Huisha, Franz Rogowski and Adele Exarchopoulos, marks Sachs’ sixth feature film and his first since 2019’s “Frankie,” starring Isabelle Huppert. Sachs rose to prominence as an independent filmmaker at Sundance in 1997, debuting his first feature “The Delta” at the festival.
“For me to find a home with a company and a group of people who love this film as much as I do — and perhaps more importantly, love the movie that has been the most important to me in my creative life — is a dream come true,” director Sacks said in a statement regarding the acquisition. said “Starting this next chapter with Mubi is exciting for the film. I feel the future is full of possibilities.”
Set in Paris, “Passages” follows a filmmaker (Rogovsky) who begins an affair with a school teacher (Exarchopoulos). In an initially tense experience, the director’s husband (Huisha) begins his own romantic betrayal, encouraging the artist to restore her marriage.
“Passage” was produced by Said Ben Said and Michel Marcotte.
diversity Major film critic Peter DeBruges praised the film outside of its Sundance premiere, calling it Sachs’s “most brutally honest film since ‘Keep the Lights On’.”