In a thrilling development for film enthusiasts and festival-goers alike, global film distributor, production company, and streaming platform Mubi has acquired the international rights (excluding North America and Italy) for the highly anticipated film “Priscilla.” The film is set to make its debut in the competitive lineup of the prestigious Venice Film Festival.
“Priscilla,” directed by the talented Sofia Coppola, promises to be a cinematic experience that will captivate audiences around the world. Mubi’s strategic acquisition will see them holding the rights in various regions, including the U.K., Ireland, Germany, Austria, Latin America, Benelux, and Turkey. This move not only underscores Mubi’s commitment to bringing outstanding cinema to diverse corners of the globe but also positions them as key players in the international film distribution landscape.
One of the most intriguing aspects of this acquisition is Mubi’s decision to release the film theatrically in select countries. The U.K., Ireland, Germany, Latin America, Belgium, and the Netherlands are among the fortunate territories that will have the opportunity to experience “Priscilla” on the big screen. While the exact release dates are yet to be unveiled, the anticipation is already palpable, and audiences are on the edge of their seats.
“Priscilla” draws inspiration from the compelling pages of the 1985 memoir “Elvis and Me,” co-authored by Priscilla Presley and Sandra Harmon. The film transports viewers to the moment when the young Priscilla Beaulieu’s path crosses with the iconic Elvis Presley at a party. The narrative delves beyond the glitz and glamour, revealing an intimate portrayal of the rock-and-roll superstar behind closed doors. Through Priscilla’s perspective, Coppola skillfully navigates the intricacies of Elvis and Priscilla’s whirlwind courtship and their subsequent tumultuous marriage. From a German army base to the opulent Graceland estate, the film promises to offer a deeply immersive experience into the lives of these two captivating figures.
The casting choices for “Priscilla” have added an extra layer of excitement to the project. Cailee Spaeny, known for her role in “Mare of Easttown,” takes on the challenging role of portraying Priscilla Presley. Opposite her, Jacob Elordi of “Euphoria” fame steps into the legendary shoes of Elvis Presley, bringing his charisma and energy to the screen. Dagmara Dominczyk, recognized for her work in “Succession,” adds her talent to the ensemble cast.
Behind the scenes, “Priscilla” has been brought to life through a collaborative effort. Lorenzo Mieli spearheaded the production under Fremantle’s banner, alongside Coppola’s own American Zoetrope and Youree Henley. The film‘s financing was facilitated by the Fremantle Group. Notably, distribution powerhouses A24 and Sky’s Vision Distribution will handle the film’s release in the U.S. and Italy, respectively.
Mubi’s involvement in the project adds a layer of prestige, as the platform continues to champion remarkable cinema. Additionally, Mubi’s co-productions are set to shine at the Venice Film Festival this year. Michel Franco’s “Memory,” featuring Jessica Chastain and Peter Sarsgaard, is among the eagerly anticipated films competing, while “Gasoline Rainbow” by Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross will premiere in the Horizons strand.
As the excitement builds for “Priscilla” and Mubi’s other cinematic offerings, it’s evident that the world of film distribution and production is alive with innovation and creative exploration. Mubi’s strategic moves are poised to leave a lasting impact, reshaping how audiences engage with exceptional storytelling from around the world. Stay tuned for more updates on release dates and get ready to embark on a cinematic journey like no other.