U.S. Theatrical Release of Michel Franco’s CHRONIC, Opens 9/23 in NYC, 9/30 in LA

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"U.S. Theatrical Release of Michel Franco’s CHRONIC, Opens 9/23 in NYC, 9/30 in LA"

Monument Releasing Announces the U.S. Theatrical Release of Cannes Winner CHRONIC by Mexican Director Michel Franco

Starring Tim Roth, the Film Opens September 23 in NYC, and September 30 in LA, Followed by a National Rollout.

Michel Francos CHRONIC

Monument Releasing is proud to announce the U.S. theatrical release of Cannes winner CHRONIC, written and directed by the internationally acclaimed Mexican auteur Michel Franco. The film opens in theaters on September 23 inNew York City, and September 30 in Los Angeles, with additional cities to follow. The film premiered and won the Best Screenplay Award at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

The fourth film by Franco (After Lucía, Daniel and Ana) and his English-language debut, stars Academy Award nominated actor Tim Roth as David, an in-home nurse who works with terminally ill patients. Efficient and dedicated to his profession, David develops strong, even intimate, relationships with each person he cares for. But outside of his work, David is ineffectual, awkward, and reserved – effects of his chronic depression – and he needs each patient as much as they need him. Having long carried a burden of guilt and remorse, David must face his past in order to heal.

Chronic is inspired by the nurse who cared for Franco’s grandmother in the six months leading up to her death. Despite of the constant support of family the nurse became the source of her most intimate relationship in her final days. The nurse mourned too at the loss of his grandmother and regardless of the difficult emotions she felt at the loss of each patient she would immediately look for another terminally ill patient to replace her mourning condition and help her connect with life again.

The film is produced by Lucía Films, the company behind Lorenzo Vigas’ From Afar (2015), the first Latin American film to ever win the Golden Lion for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival, and Gabriel Ripstein’s 600 Miles (2015), winner of the Best First Film Award at the Berinale.

“A towering achievement… Chronic is visceral, shocking and poignant; heralding Franco as a daring filmmaker and major new talent.” —CineVue
“Brooding, serious… compelling.”—The Hollywood Reporter
CHRONIC. Mexico/France, 2015, 93 min. In English. Directed and written by: Michel Franco; Produced by: Gabriel Ripstein, Michel Franco, Moisés Zonana, Gina Kwon. Executive producers, Emilio Azcárraga Jean, Bernardo Gómez, Tim Roth, Fernando Pérez Gavilán; Co-producers: Gregoire Lassalle, Juliette Sol, Chris Stinson, Amy Greene, Antonio Campos, David Zonana; Camera (color): Yves Cape; Editors: Franco, Julio C. Perez IV; Production Designer: Matthew Luem; Art Director: Nicolas Kelley; Set Decorator: Madelaine Frezza; Costume Designer: Diaz; Sound: Amanda Beggs; Cast: Tim Roth, Robin Bartlett, Michael Cristofer, Nailea Norvind, Rachel Pickup, Sarah Sutherland, David Dastmalchian, Christopher McCann, Bitsie Tulloch, Brenda Wehle, Kari Coleman.

About the Director: Born in Mexico City in 1979, Michel Franco started making short films after his media studies. In 2001, Cuando sea grande, made for an anti-corruption campaign, was released in 500 cinemas all over Mexico. In 2003, his short film Entre dos, won the Grand Prize of the Festival of Huesca and received the prize for the Best Short Film at the Festival of Dresden. In 2009, his debut feature Daniel and Ana was selected for the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes. The film subsequently participated at a variety of international festivals and was distributed in many territories including Mexico, Spain, France and the US. Praised by the critics, the film was just as successful with the audience. In 2012, his second feature After Lucía won the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival, while his fourth feature film, Chronicpremiered as part of the Official Competition at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the award for Best Screenplay.