A24 has acquired the U.S. & Canada rights to Aftersun starring Paul Mescal and Frankie Corio. Scottish writer-director Charlotte Wells directs the film. She previously wrote and directed three short films while pursuing her master’s at New York University.
The film follows Mescal as a father on a melancholy holiday with his 11-year-old daughter Sophie, played by Francesca Corio, in Turkey in the late 1990s. Sophie, in the present day, is reflecting on the holiday they shared two decades prior. Memories real and imaginary collide, filling the gaps between mini-DV footage as Sophie tries to reconcile the father she knew with the man she didn’t. The film stars filmmaker, actress, and choreographer Celia Rowlson-Hall (“Ma”) as the adult version of Sophie.
A24 has taken over the Cannes this year, every film they screened got a massive response, with Kelly Reichardt’s Showing Up, Claire Denis’ The Stars at Noon with competent Alex Garland’s Men, Jesse Eisenberg’s When You Finish Saving the World, and Owen Kline’s Funny Pages.
Aftersun is produced by Barry Jenkins’ production company Pastel, which he co-founded with Adele Romanski and Mark Ceryak. The film was financed by BBC Film, BFI, and Creative Scotland, in association with Tango Entertainment. Executive producers are Eva Yates for BBC Film, which also helped develop the film, Lizzie Francke for BFI, Kieran Hannigan for Creative Scotland, Tim Headington, and Lia Buman on.