The film was written and directed by Harry Macqueen and premiered at the 2020 San Sebastian Film Festival
Bleecker Street has secured North American rights to Harry Macqueen’s second feature, SUPERNOVA, starring Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci. The film was produced by Quiddity Films and The Bureau, and will be released in the UK by STUDIOCANAL. Sam (Colin Firth) and Tusker (Stanley Tucci), partners of twenty years, are traveling across England in their old camper van visiting friends, family and places from their past. Following a life-changing diagnosis, their time together has become more important than ever until secret plans test their love like never before.
Colin Firth won an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for his work in THE KING’S SPEECH, while his performance in A SINGLE MAN also earned him a BAFTA Award and an Oscar nomination. The Oscar-nominated Stanley Tucci (THE LOVELY BONES) is known for his countless roles, notably in JULIE & JULIA, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA and SPOTLIGHT. He recently wrote and directed FINAL PORTRAIT.
SUPERNOVA was written and directed by Harry Macqueen (HINTERLAND) and produced by Emily Morgan of Quiddity Films (I AM NOT A WITCH, MAKE UP) and Tristan Goligher of The Bureau (45 YEARS, LEAN ON PETE, ONLY YOU, WEEKEND). Development was initiated by Morgan with research and screenwriting support from The Wellcome Trust and Quiddity’s BFI Vision Award before partnering with The Bureau. Financiers are BBC Films and the BFI, awarding National Lottery funding. Executive producers are Eva Yates, Mary Burke and Vincent Gadelle.
“When we saw this film, we were so taken by the beauty of the writing and how timeless of a love story Harry created,” said Andrew Karpen, CEO of Bleecker Street. “The performances of Colin and Stanley are so touching and authentic, we knew we wanted to be part of bringing it to audiences.”
“I am delighted and honoured to be partnering with Bleecker Street on the US release of SUPERNOVA,” said writer/director Harry Macqueen. “Propelled by two magnificent central performances from Colin and Stanley, SUPERNOVA is a film about how we live, love and take care of each other – even in the most difficult of circumstances. It’s a life-affirming film about what we do for those we care about the most that perhaps seems even more important right now than ever.”
The deal was brokered between Kent Sanderson and Avy Eschenasy of Bleecker Street and Clémentine Hugot of The Bureau Sales on behalf of the film.
Bleecker Street recently released the Sundance comedy SAVE YOURSELVES!; the thriller THE SECRETS WE KEEP with Noomi Rapace and Joel Kinnaman; Kitty Green’s THE ASSISTANT with Julia Garner; ORDINARY LOVE, starring Lesley Manville and Liam Neeson; and MILITARY WIVES, starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan. Upcoming releases include, DREAM HORSE, with Toni Collette and Damian Lewis; John Patrick Shanley’s WILD MOUNTAIN THYME starring Emily Blunt and Jamie Dornan; and THE WORLD TO COME with Katherine Waterston, Vanessa Kirby and Casey Affleck.