Verve Pictures is delighted to announce that it has acquired the critically acclaimed feature debut INLAND starring Rory Alexander, Mark Rylance and Kathryn Hunter and written and directed by Fridtjof Ryder which will be released in UK cinemas from 16th June. It celebrated its World Premiere in last year’s bfi London Film Festival in the Official Selection category and was nominated for the Raindance Discovery Award. The film is released through Verve’s First Features Distribution Support Scheme with funding from the BFI.
INLAND also stars Eleanor Holliday, Alexander Lincoln, Nell Williams and Shaun Dingwall and is produced by Henry Richmond, Louis Paine and Fridtjof Ryder in association with Twenty 20 Media, Fablemaze, Fatcontman, Dva Films, Shakespeare Road and Zebrafish Media. Executive producers are: Trudie Styler, Sam Tromans, Ian Dawson, Zak Brilliant, Guy Davies, Matt Cook, Toby Cook, Thomas Atherton, Dougal Mackenzie Smith and Shaun Dingwall.
INLAND is a modern folktale that explores the fractured identity of a young man after the mysterious disappearance of his mother. Guided by a father figure and old friends who care deeply, his journey through the dreamlike spaces of rural England brings him face to face with the loss that haunts him in ways he could never have expected.
Mark Rylance, Academy Award Winning actor said: “This film wakes me at night. It contains a very old connection to the Green Man rituals of Carnivale, when someone would dress up as the Green Man and emerge from the deep forest to rampage through the town. This version is really scary and powerful, as it should be. There is a beautiful expression of the unconscious energy of nature in man. It reminds me of Eraserhead and Blue Velvet and films I loved but don’t see many of any more. I am disturbed and excited by it at once.”
Writer/Director Fridtjof Ryder said: “I am honoured to be partnering with Verve Pictures on our UK cinema release. As a filmmaker and a cinephile, Verve’s history stretches far back to films both formative and deeply important to me. Working with them is a dream come true.”