Magazine article Screen International

Memento Takes on Sales of SXSW Hit Short Term 12

Magazine article Screen International

Memento Takes on Sales of SXSW Hit Short Term 12

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EXCLUSIVE: Destin Cretton's award-winning picture stars Brie Larson as a care-worker in a foster care facility.

Paris-based Memento Films International (MFI) has acquired international rights for Destin Cretton's award-winning feature Short Term 12 set against the backdrop of a juvenile care centre.

The US film was a breakout picture at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas last month, winning both the Grand Jury Prize in the Narrative Feature Competition and the Audience Award.

"Short Term 12 immediately grabbed us emotionally," said MFI head of sales and acquisitions Tanja Meissner.

"From the powerful performances to Cretton's nuanced directorial touch, we knew at once we had discovered a true gem. We couldn't be more excited to introduce international buyers and festivals to the second work of this incredibly gifted young director."

Brie Larson, previously seen in supporting roles in 21 Jump Street and Don Juan's Addiction, plays a 20-something staff member at a children's home opposite John Gallagher Jr. as her co-worker and boyfriend. Her work with abused youngsters churns up memories of her own troubled past.

The picture was produced by Maren Olson and Asher Goldstein of Traction Media, Joshua Astrachan of Animal Kingdom and independent producer Ron Najor. …

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