Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Forrest Whitaker to Star in Psycho-Thriller Repentance

According to Shadow and Act,  Jeff Clanagan and his CodeBlack Films, picked up US distribution rights to Forest Whitaker‘s thriller Repentance (previously titled Vipaka), over the summer, with plans to release the psychological thriller on February 28, 2014, in limited release.

The southern gothic stars Whitaker, Anthony MackieSanaa LathanNicole Ari Parker and Mike Epps.  It made its world premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, UT earlier this year, and was the opening night film at the Pan African Film Festival in February.
The film's official synopsis reads:
Years after a drunken car crash that almost took his life, Thomas Carter (Anthony Mackie) has reinvented himself as a therapist/spiritual advisor who advocates a synthesis of world religions and positivity. He’s parlayed this vocation into a successful book release that one day draws the attention of Angel Sanchez (Forest Whitaker), a profoundly troubled man fixated on the “untimely” death of his mother. When Carter takes on Sanchez as a personal client in an effort to raise funds for his indebted brother Ben (Mike Epps), things quickly take a turn for the worse. Angel needs much more than a simple life coach. What may be simple to grasp for some is the idea that single actions in the past comprise tidal waves of reactions in the present.
French/Lebanese director Philippe Caland (Boxing Helena) directed the film.  The Juntobox Films production was scripted by Shintaro Shimosawa, producer by Nina Yang Bongiovi, Whitaker and Calland. Below is your first look at the film's trailer, which promises a genre tale that's unlike much of what this set of actors typically feature in.  CodeBlack's Clanagan previously revealed plans to produce two to three features a year, in various genres, stating, “We wanted to give ourselves time to build up our infrastructure rather than rushing out titles.”  The company also recently picked up Halle Berry's Sybil-like tale, Frankie & Alice, for an April 42014 release.

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