Brazilian born musician/director Joe Penna continues with interesting co-production packaging for his sophomore feature Stowaway, a US-German project starring Toni Collette, Anna Kendrick, Daniel Dae Kim and Shamier Anderson. The title is produced by Jonas Katzenstein, Maximilian Leo, Clay Pecorin, Ulrich Schwarz, Nick Spicer and Adam Tertzakian across XYZ Films, Augenschein Filmproduktion, Rise Pictures and RainMaker Films. Composer Volker Bertelmann (Lion, 2016) will provide the score. Penna’s directorial debut, the Mads Mikkelsen headlined Arctic, played at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival as a Midnight selection.
Gist: Penna, co-writing with Arctic’s Ryan Morrison (also serving as editor), scripts a compromised mission to Mars when a discovered stowaway causes severe damage to a spaceship’s life support systems. A medical researcher (Kendrick) opposes the opinion of both the ship’s commanding officer (Collette) and the biologist (Kim) as they navigate dwindling resources.
Release Date/Prediction: Principal photography began in June 2019 in Munich and Cologne. We expect Penna to snag another program slot at Cannes 2020, potentially as an out-of-competition selection or potentially in the genre friendly Directors’ Fortnight.