EXCLUSIVE: Close to You, the indie drama produced by and starring Elliot Page (The Umbrella Academy), which world premiered at the 2023 Toronto Film Festival, has been acquired for a summer 2024 release in U.S. theaters by Greenwich Entertainment.
Written and directed by 3x BAFTA winner Dominic Savage (The Escape, I Am…), the film co-starring Hillary Baack (Sound of Metal) follows Sam (Page), who moved to Toronto from his small town on Lake Ontario, Canada and finally decides to return home to visit his family for his dad’s birthday. On his journey, he has a chance encounter with a friend from high school (Baack) that sparks old feelings. It is on this trip that Sam can finally confront long-buried feelings, a first love that was never properly resolved, his relationship with his family, and a newfound love and confidence in himself.
Close to You was produced by Krishnendu Majumdar and Richard Yee, who helped Savage develop the project under their UK banner Me + You Productions, along with Daniel Bekerman and Chris Yurkovich of Good Question Media in Canada. Savage and Page also produced after developing, conceiving and co-authoring the story together.
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Kindred Spirit co-financed the film, with Anita Gou (The Farewell, Honey Boy) and Sam Intili (I Saw the TV Glow) exec producing alongside Rolling Dice’s Nia Vazirani (The Trial of the Chicago 7) and Pageboy Productions’ Matt Jordan Smith. Andrew Frank and Francine Maisler also executive produced.
“I am thrilled audiences around the U.S. will be able to watch Close To You this summer,” Page told Deadline. “Working alongside Dominic, Hillary, and the full team was an absolute pleasure and privilege. I am so proud of this special film.”
Added Savage, “It has been a real privilege to create Close To You with Elliot Page and the incredible cast of actors. This unique and personal film about love, identity and family is the result of this special collaboration. I’m looking forward to audiences enjoying what we have achieved in cinemas later this year.”
Andy Bohn negotiated the deal on behalf of Greenwich, with UTA Independent Film Group negotiating on behalf of the filmmakers.