EXCLUSIVE: IFC Films has acquired the North American rights to The novice, the debut feature from writer / director Lauren Hadaway, which will debut in select theaters, digital platforms and VOD on December 17.
Festival favorite follows queer freshman Alex Dall (Orphan‘s Isabelle Fuhrman), who joins her college rowing team and embarks on an obsessive physical and psychological journey to reach the best college boat.
Hadaway based the thriller on his personal experience as a competitive varsity rower. With her, she asks provocative questions about the expectations placed on young women in America and the psychologically damaging effects of a culture that encourages the pursuit of being “the best,” no matter what the cost.
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Ryan Hawkins, Kari Hollend, Steven Sims and Zack Zucker have produced, with Alex Engemann, Michael Tennant, Chris Hines and Ryan Bartecki as executive producers. Picture Movers, H2L Media Group and ZNZ Productions were the production companies involved.
Amy Forsyth, Dilone, Kate Drummond, Jonathan Cherry and Charlotte Ubben round out the cast of the film, which was critically acclaimed at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival, winning top prize for best U.S. narrative feature, as well as awards for best Actress (Fuhrman) and Best Cinematography (Todd Martin).
“We are delighted to present Lauren Hadaway to American audiences with her breathtaking and personal feature debut THE NOVICE,” said Arianna Bocco, President of IFC Films. “Isabelle Fuhrman’s knockout performance will appeal to an audience perfectly prepared for this devastating but all too familiar story of the pursuit of greatness.”
“I have visceral memories of being a 16-year-old budding filmmaker in a small town in Texas and watching IFC – it was my only way to see independent films that I couldn’t find in the video store. or the local cinema, ”Hadaway added. . “15 years later, I’m proud to say that my first film is part of the IFC family.
The deal for the film was negotiated by IFC Films President Arianna Bocco and Acquisitions Director Aijah Keith with CAA Media Finance and XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers.
Hadaway is represented by CAA and Bellevue Productions.