Neon has acquired the U.S. rights to Alfre Woodard’s drama “Clemency,” which won the grand jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
The distributor made the deal with ACE Pictures Entertainment. Chinonye Chukwu directed “Clemency.” Woodard plays a prison warden whose worn down by years of carrying out death-row executions. As she prepares to execute another inmate, she must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill.
Amy Nicholson praised the performance in her Sundance review for Variety: “If Woodard is hoping for her overdue second Oscar nomination after 1983’s ‘Cross Creek,’ she’s got a decent shot with this excruciating character arc.”
“Clemency” also stars Aldis Hodge, Richard Schiff, and Wendell Pierce. The film was produced by ACE Pictures Entertainment, Bronwyn Cornelius Productions, and Julian Cautherley.
“Making ‘Clemency’ has been a life-changing soul journey, and I am thrilled to partner with the team at Neon to share the film with audiences across the country,” Chukwu said.
Three-year-old Neon is best known for handling distribution of “I, Tonya” during last year’s awards season. The deal for “Clemency” was negotiated by Neon and Paradigm on behalf of the filmmakers.
Chukwu is repped by Paradigm and Grandview.Hodge is repped by Paradigm, The Priluck Company, and Ziffren, Brittenham. Pierce is repped by Paradigm and Essential Talent Management. Schiff is repped by Paradigm, Leverage, and Nelson Davis LLP.