DUBLIN, IRELAND, September 16 – Following the rapturous acclaim for ROOM at its world premiere earlier this month in Telluride, Abrahamson’s latest film continues to impress and build on its award momentum at the renowned Toronto International Film Festival.
Vanity Fair comment that “young indie actress (Brie Larson) is gaining Oscar buzz for her performance in the adaptation of the hit novel.” With Entertainment Weekly praising the performance of 8 year old Jacob Tremblay tipping him to be “this year’s Quvenzhané Wallis” come awards time.
The Evening Standard award the film 4 **** with the highly influential film site Collider equally impressed commenting that “Larson and Tremblay are astounding from start to finish. They’re the film’s emotional core, and it’s an absolute joy to watch them.” The Huffington Post also hail the two central performances“Brie Larson And Jacob Tremblay Are A Wonder.”
The New York Post write that ROOM has become one of the “most talked-about films at the Toronto International Film Festival … But see it you must for the Oscar-caliber Larson and young Tremblay, whose remarkable mother-and-child bond is nothing sort of astonishing to watch.”
From Toronto, ROOM Producer Ed Guiney commented “We had an amazing reaction in Toronto last night with 3 standing ovations at the premiere of Room. It sets us up brilliantly to build toward the US and international release and makes us a real contender for the awards season.”
ROOM stars Brie Larson (Short Term 12, The Spectacular Now), Jacob Tremblay (The Smurfs 2, Somnia), Joan Allen (The Bourne Supremacy, Nixon) and William H. Macy (Shameless, Magnolia). Emma Donoghue adapted the screenplay from her book, the award-winning international phenomenon, ROOM.
Told through the eyes of five-year-old-Jack (Tremblay), ROOM is a thrilling and emotional tale that celebrates the resilience and power of the human spirit. To Jack, Room is the world…. It’s where he was born, it’s where he and his Ma (Larson) eat and sleep and play and learn. But while it’s home to Jack, to Ma it’s a prison. Through her fierce love for her son, Ma has managed to create a childhood for him in their ten-by-ten-foot space. But as Jack’s curiosity is building alongside Ma’s own desperation – she knows that Room cannot contain either indefinitely.
Element Pictures’ Ed Guiney (The Lobster, Frank, What Richard Did) produced ROOM with David Gross (What If, Goon). Executive producers are Andrew Lowe (The Lobster, Frank, The Wind that Shakes the Barley) for Element Pictures and Jeff Arkuss (What If) and Jesse Shapira (What If, Goon) for No Trace Camping. Emma Donoghue, Rose Garnett (Film 4), Tessa Ross (Film 4), and David Kosse (Film 4) also serve as executive producers.
ROOM was filmed at Pinewood Studios and on location in Toronto, and was post produced at Screen Scene in Dublin. The creative team includes director of photography Danny Cohen (The King’s Speech), production designer Ethan Tobman (That Awkward Moment), costume designer Lea Carlson (Take This Waltz), and Abrahamson’s regular collaborators, editor Nathan Nugent (Frank) and composer Stephen Rennicks (Frank, What Richard Did).
ROOM is an Element Pictures and No Trace Camping production, in association with Film4, Telefilm Canada, and the Irish Film Board. A24 will distribute the film in the US, and Elevation Pictures is distributing the film in Canada. UTA handled the domestic sale. FilmNation Entertainment handled all international sales.
ROOM will be released in the US on October 16 through A24 & in Ireland & the UK on January 29