PERFECT and GOOD NURSE Sell Out at 2020 BerlinaleFebruary 29, 2020
It was a great market, folks.
FilmNation pitched not one, but two star-studded, highly-sought-after projects at this year's Berlinale, both of which sold out.
Olivia Wilde's PERFECT, a dramatic biopic profiling gymnast Kerri Strug and her journey to 1996 Olympic gold, capitvated buyers. A final deal has yet to be announced, but one thing is for sure — Wilde's sophomore film surely won't disappoint.
In a landmark move for the company, FilmNation sold its very first film to Netflix — and in a world rights pre-buy, no less. THE GOOD NURSE, starring Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne, tells the incredibly dark but intriguing true story of Charlie Cullen (Redmayne), a nurse-turned-serial-killer, and the dedicated co-worker (Chastain) who brought him to justice.
We might be tired and jetlagged, but we certainly are happy. Until next year!
Director: Olivia Wilde / Writer: Ronnie Sandahl
Based on the book Landing on My Feet: A Diary of Dreams by Kerri Strug and John P. Lopez
At 18 and recovering from a severe back injury, Kerry Strug was a forgotten has-been. Across the gym, 14-year-old prodigy Dominique Moceanu was lauded as the nations newfound savior. Their coach, Romanian legend Bela Karolyi, trained with an iron fist and clearly favored his protege Dominique, using Dominique’s success to belittle Kerri and Kerri’s progress to further push Dominque. The girls were pitted against each other. Set up to hate each other. But the teammates refused to be taken advantage of and instead, redefined the game.
In an iconic moment forever solidified in Olympic history, victory came as a result of the extraordinary personal dedication of Kerri Strug. But, despite what was assumed on that day, she didn’t do it for Bela. She didn’t do it for America. She did it for herself, and for her teammate, Dominique, whom she both feared and loved. An excruciatingly beautiful underdog story, PERFECT shows what real power looks like and the sacrifices made along the way.
THE GOOD NURSE
Director: Tobias Lindholm / Writer: Krysty Wilson-Cairns / Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Jessica Chastain
Adaped from the novel by Charles Graeber
When nurse Charlie Cullen (Redmayne) was arrested for murder in 2003, journalists were quick to dub him "The Angel of Death." But Charlie was neither a mercy killer nor a simple monster. He was also a husband, father, and valued caregiver. In fact, he was Amy Loughren’s (Chastain) coworker and best friend, a godsend who swept into her life when she needed help most. That is, until she began to suspect something wasn’t right. Why were Charlie’s patients healthy one day and gravely ill the next? Then, as "patients” quickly became “body counts,” Amy was suddenly sure these untimely deaths were Charlie’s doing. But with his murders seemingly impossible to prove, who would believe her?
In an electric battle of cat and mouse, Amy must find a way to do the impossible: protect herself and her own child from a man once deemed her savior, while quietly but powerfully alerting those around her to the presence of the most frightening breed of killer—the one you never saw coming.