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A24 Embrace Punk Attitude: Saulnier’s “Green Room” Finds a Club

When they made the announcement that they would produce the film, we naturally assumed that Broad Green Pictures were also go onto distribute Jeremy Saulnier‘s third feature film. Not so. THR reports that the cool kids at A24 have made their first TIFF buy, purchasing the Cannes selected, thriller which is having its North American premiere and opening the Midnight Madness section next month. Green Room will likely hit fests such as Sundance and SXSW, before receiving a spring theatrical run next year. Blue Ruin received an April 25th release via the RADIUS folks.

Gist: Set in Oregon, this is about a young punk rock band (Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots and Alia Shawkat) find themselves trapped in a secluded venue after stumbling upon a horrific act of violence, fighting for their lives against a gang of white power skinheads intent on eliminating all witnesses. The club’s owners, led by a diabolical Stewart, decide this will be the band’s final appearance, leading to a life-or-death battle.

Worth Noting: Previously Saulnier was the cinematographer on his previous pair of features, but here…he employed the services of It Felt Like Love and Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter Dp Sean Porter.

Do We Care?: Judging by the positive Cannes response and major thumbs up from Toronto, it appears that Green Room is further proof that Blue Ruin was indeed no fluke. We’re confident that the A24 folks will line up another great campaign.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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