“Alice” has found a home ahead of its world premiere at next month’s Sundance Film Festival. A press release announced that Vertical Entertainment and Roadside Attractions acquired U.S. rights to the Keke Palmer star.
The dramatic thriller is written and directed by Krystin Ver Linden (“American Roulette”) and tells the story of Alice, “a slave person longing for freedom on a rural plantation in Georgia under her brutal and disturbed owner Paul (Jonny Lee Miller). After a violent collision with Paul, she flees through the neighboring forest and stumbles upon the unknown sight of a highway, and soon discovers that the year is actually 1973. Rescued by the roadside by a disillusioned political activist named Frank (Common), understands Alice quickly lies that have kept her in bondage and the promise of black liberation. ” Alice ‘is inspired by true stories and is a modern empowerment fable that traces Alice’s journey through the American South after the Civil Rights Era, .
Palmer, whose credits include “Hustlers”, “Star” and “Scream Queens”, are among the project’s exec producers.
“As soon as we saw ‘Alice’, we knew we had to take it out of the market before its Sundance debut,” said Vertical Entertainment Partner Peter Jarowey. “It is the rare film that is at once important, enlightening and extremely entertaining. Together, Krystin and Keke take us on an inspiring and unforgettable journey that provides a fresh perspective on a little-known and worrying part of our nation’s history. “
Co-Presidents Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff added: “We are extremely excited to bring Krystin Ver Linden’s brilliant feature film debut Alice to the American audience. dramatic actress. “
Palmer discussed the impact that doing “Alice” had on her, recounting: “That experience has literally driven me to be so much more fearless when it comes to being free and going and getting myself to work. hard and give myself everything I want and that I can get. ” She said that in the future she would like to tell “one day in life” stories about black women and “normal movies where blacks exist just like people without a fight.” The alumni from “Berlin Station” explained: “I just want to make a film that is not about me being black and how hard it is to be black.”
Sundance takes place from 20.-30. January. About 62 percent of competition titles are directed or co-directed by women.