|Out on:||Theatrical 24th June 2022|
EXTRAORDINARY FESTIVAL PRIZE-WINNER GETS UK RELEASE
THEO AND THE METAMORPHOSIS
“Théo Kermel gives a bold, daring performance… moments of true beauty and pathos” - The Upcoming
“A sensational, fragmented experience” - Cineuropa
“It is almost impossible to predict which direction this unusual film will take at any point” - icsfilm.org
“A utopian odyssey” - Girls At Films
SURREAL MASTERWORK THEO AND THE METAMORPHOSIS IS RELEASED IN THE UK 24 JUNE, 2022
Sovereign is proud to announce the release of Damien Odoul’s cinematic odyssey THEO AND THE METAMORPHOSIS on 24 June in UK cinemas.
Winner of the Grand Prix at the New Horizons Film Festival in Poland, French writer/director Damien Odoul’s film features an amazing performance from Théo Kermel, as a man with Down’s syndrome, left to fend for himself in the forest after his father goes away. Odoul shows us the world from Théo’s perspective, in dreamlike surreal compositions. Constantly accompanied by his inner voice, Théo’s thoughts and emotions are brought to life in a dynamic, ever-changing visual language. His desires unfold in a flood of impressions and experiences, and the days alone in the forest become a journey of self-discovery and self-determination.
Sometimes hallucinatory, often shocking, explicit and deeply erotic, punctuated with bursts of frenetic music and line animations, THEO AND THE METAMORPHOSIS is a unique, provocative and powerful meditation on our connection to nature, to other people, and identity.
Multidisciplinary artist, filmmaker, poet and photographer, Damien Odoul made his film debut when only 23 years old with Morasseix (1992), in which he also starred. He has directed films such as Le souffle (2001), which won the Special Jury Award at the Venice Film Festival, En attendant le déluge (2004), L'histoire de Richard O (2007), La richesse du loup (2012) and La peur (2015), for which he won the Jean Vigo Award.
Synopsis: In a remote house in the forest, Théo, a young man with Down’s syndrome, lives in seclusion with his father who is a photographer. The two get along in their daily lives without much talk. Théo loves nature and has a passion for drawing. Every day he spends time training his body, his balance, his reflexes and his inner strength, and dreams of becoming a samurai. When his father goes away to an exhibition, Théo decides to start a new life and his extraordinary journey begins.
THEO AND THE METAMORPHOSIS WILL BE RELEASED IN SELECTED UK CINEMAS ON 24 JUNE 2022
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THEO AND THE METAMORPHOSIS: FESTIVAL SCREENINGS
Theo and the Metamorphosis has been shown at the 2021 Berlin International Film Festival; the New Horizons Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland, where it won the Grand Prix; the 2022 Luxembourg City Film Festival; the 2021 Geneva International Film Festival; and will be shown at the 2022 Seville Film Festival.
SOVEREIGN releases auteur-driven feature films in the UK, from emerging and established international talent. Our carefully curated titles have played to strong critical and audience acclaim, often premiering at renowned international film festivals, including Cannes, Berlinale, Toronto, Venice and many more.
Previously acquired titles include Peru’s entry into the Oscars ‘SONG WITHOUT A NAME’, which screened in the Directors’ Fortnight section at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival; Philippine crime drama ‘VERDICT’, which received the Special Orizzonti Jury Prize at the 76th Venice Film Festival; historical drama ‘MALMKROG’, which won Best Director in the Encounter section and opened the 70th Berlin Film Festival; Argentinian psychological thriller ‘A COMMON CRIME’, which received its world premiere at the 70th Berlin Film Festival; ‘BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN’, which won the Golden Bear at the 2021 Berlin International Film Festival; and controversial Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov’s ‘PETROV’S FLU’, winner of the prestigious CTS Artist award at last year’s Cannes Film festival, and also nominated for the Palme d’Or; ‘MEMORIA’, from Palme d’Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul, starring Tilda Swinton, which won the Cannes Jury Prize in 2021; and most recently Bolivian director Kiro Russo’s ‘THE GREAT MOVEMENT’, winner of the Special Jury Prize in the Horizons strand at the 2021 Venice Film Festival.
Sovereign is a UK-based entertainment company committed to telling important and relevant stories across film, theatre, music and the arts. Sovereign’s productions include Palme d’Or winner ‘THE TREE OF LIFE’ (3 Oscar nominations), starring Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain and Brad Pitt; ‘EFFIE GRAY’, starring Dakota Fanning, Emma Thompson and Julie Walters; and ‘VOYAGE OF TIME’ with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. Upcoming productions include ‘TRIANGLE OF SADNESS’, starring Woody Harrelson, from acclaimed director Ruben Ostlund (winner of the Cannes Palme d’Or for ‘The Square’) and ‘INSIDE’ starring Willem Dafoe.