Magazine article Screen International

Lightning Takes Gus to Cannes

Magazine article Screen International

Lightning Takes Gus to Cannes

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EXCLUSIVE: The Santa Monica-based sales, production and distribution company has swooped on international sales rights to the SXSW entry starring Michelle Monaghan, Radha Mitchell and Michael Weston. ICM Partners is in the process of negotiating a US deal.

Gus will receive its market premiere on May 16 and Lightning vice-presidents of international sales Mathilde Epstein and Alexandra Cocean will introduce to buyers on the Croisette with acquisitions and sales consultant Richard Guardian.

Jessie McCormack directed the feature debut from her own screenplay about a woman who cannot conceive who persuades her husband to adopt the as-yet-unborn baby of her free-spirited, pregnant best friend.

Relationships are tested to the limit when the friend moves in as well as the husband's recovering addict brother.

McCormack produced alongside Kathryn Himoff, Kevin Fitzmaurice Comer and Erik Van Wyck. Richard N Gladstein served as executive producer.

Lightning Entertainment's Joseph Dickstein brokered the deal with ICM Partners on behalf of the filmmakers. …

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