The Sundance Film Festival may have officially wrapped. However, acquisitions are still managing to take place. In fact, one of the festival’s biggest winners now has a home. According to Variety, NEON has acquired the prison drama “Clemency” which won the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize.
In “Clemency,” Alfre Woodard plays Bernadine, a prison warden. For years, Bernadine has carried out executions that have taken a toll on her. As she prepares to execute another inmate, her personal demons begin to unravel. Meanwhile, she forms a slight connection with the man she’s sanctioned to kill.
Woodard has earned strong raves for her leading turn. So much so that there’s chatter about her possibly entering the Best Actress race. She did receive an Oscar nomination for “Cross Creek” back in 1983. But with “Clemency,” she could come back for an overdue second round. Clayton has her predicted in the Best Actress category in the Year-in-Advance predictions released earlier this week.
Chinonye Chukwu serves as the film’s writer and director. In addition, Wendell Pierce, Aldis Hodge, Richard Schiff, and Danielle Brooks star alongside Alfre Woodard.
Chukwu said this in a statement regarding the acquisition:
“Making “Clemency” has been a life-changing soul journey, and I am thrilled to partner with the team at Neon to share the film with audiences across the country.”
“Clemency” is the latest film in what has become a packed slate from Neon. Their other acquisitions out of Sundance include “Luce” by Julius Onah, the zombie comedy “Little Monsters” starring Lupita Nyong’o, and “The Lodge” starring Riley Keough.
When “Clemency” will be released is uncertain. But given the heightened Oscar buzz surrounding Alfre Woodard’s performance, a fall release could be in the cards. If so, then it might make a festival run as well.
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