Language lessonsNatalie Morales’ directorial debut film that was a hit at this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) has gained distribution in the United States. After having its world premiere at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, the film was screened at SXSW last month, where it won an audience award.
Noting the success of Language lessons, Shout out! Studios acquired the North American rights to the film. The plan is now to release the film in additional theaters and other platforms later this year through the deal that also includes digital rights, VOD, streaming and home entertainment. It is not yet clear when the company will implement distribution plans for the feature.
“Shout! He has held a special place in my heart, since they launched my first show, The Middleman. What can I say? They have always had a good eye and have always supported the little one.” Morales said in a statement. “I am delighted that they are the ones who will bring this film about connecting to a wider audience at a time when I think we could all use it.
Added Jordan Fields, Vice President of Acquisitions at Shout! Studios: “Language Lessons is a masterfully rendered, sharply crafted, and deeply entertaining portrait of friendship by Natalie and Mark. It leaves you hopeful that real human connection can flourish in the unpleasant world of screens.”
Language lessons follow adamMark Duplass), whose husband surprises him with the gift of a year of weekly Spanish lessons. But when tragedy strikes, his teacher, Darling (Natalie Morales), she becomes a lifesaver she didn’t know she needed, and the two develop an unexpected and complicated emotional bond. In addition to directing and starring, Morales executive produced alongside Duplass and Jay Duplass. Mel Eslyn produced.
“We were humbled by the response to our little film, but it was Shout! ‘S unwavering passion and innovative strategy that convinced us in the end,” said Mark Duplass in a statement. In a follow-up tweet, he added: “Now everyone will be able to watch LANGUAGE LESSONS later this year!”
“I am delighted to once again partner with Mark and Mel, iconic storytellers and filmmakers, on this award-winning and very special film,” said Julie Dansker, Shout’s Head of New Content Sales. “Mark and Natalie’s performances are incredible and we are so excited to share with audiences Natalie’s incredibly impressive and refreshing directorial debut.”
Language lessons is the directorial debut of Morales, who has appeared on shows like Dead to me Y Plan B. Duplass, known for The Morning Show Y Room 104wrote the script. The show includes original music by Gaby Moreno. Filmed in secret during the pandemic, the film was developed using a small skeleton crew in Los Angeles and Costa Rica.
There are always great movies coming out of SXSW each year, and the tradition has continued with the 2021 online event. Be sure to keep an eye out for the release of Language lessons to see what made the people who attended the virtual SXSW so satisfied. This news comes to us from Variety.
Topics: SXSW, Shout Factory, Language Lessons