Following its World Premiere at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, IFC Midnight has acquired North American rights to Małgorzata Szumowska's (Body, Mug, Elles) English-language debut The Other Lamb, written by award-winning Australian screenwriter Catherine S. McMullen (Two Sentence Horror Stories).
The Other Lamb is a haunting and nightmarish tale that tells the story of Selah (Raffey Cassidy), a young girl born into an alternative religion known as the Flock.
"The members of the Flock – all women and female children – live in a rural compound, and are led by one man, known only as Shepherd (Michiel Huisman). Selah, a daughter who is on the cusp of teenage-hood, is an incredibly devoted follower, but begins to bond with Sarah (Denise Gough), an outcast wife who has grown skeptical of Shepherd’s teachings. Selah is given the great honor of participating in the sacred ritual of the birthing of the lambs - upon which they depend for survival - where she has a shocking and transformative experience. She begins to have strange visions that make her question her own reality, and everything the Shepherd has taught her and her sisters."
"The Other Lamb is the perfect addition to our 2020 slate of boundary-pushing and auteur-driven titles," said Arianna Bocco, EVP of Acquisitions and Productions of IFC Films. "Malgo’s distinct, original, and commanding approach to the film is completely in line with our goal of broadening the definition of what genre film can be. We unanimously wanted to work with her."
The film was produced by Academy Award-nominee David Lancaster and Stephanie Wilcox of Rumble Films (Whiplash, Nightcrawler) together with Aoife O’Sullivan and Tristan Orpen Lynch of Subotica (Miss Julie, Young Ones), Danish producer Marie Gade Denessen of Zentropa (The House That Jack Built) and in co-production with Umedia (Mandy).
The film is executive produced by Julia Godzinskaya, Will Norton, and Sophie Vickers of Rooks Nest Entertainment and Jon Shiffman and Andrew Schwartzberg of Rumble Films.
IFC Midnight will release The Other Lamb in 2020.