Music Box Goes Starry Eyed With SXSW Pickup

Music Box Films has acquired all North American rights to STARLET, an indie drama by Sean Baker that had its world premiere in competition at the SXSW Film Festival in March. STARLET stars newcomer Dree Hemingway as a young adult-film actress who befriends an octogenarian after they have a confrontation at a yard sale and she finds a stash of money in an antique. Besedka Johnson, the 85-year old actress who plays the elderly woman, was given a special prize at SXSW for her performance. Music Box, which has mainly made its reputation releasing international films including the original Swedish trilogy of THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO films, is now making a commitment to American indie fare. “As we branch out into American independent releases, it’s exciting to be presenting one of its best young exemplars” commented Music Box managing director Ed Arentz. The indie distributor plans a fall theatrical release.

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