Sean Baker has announced the title of his latest movie, Anora, with FilmNation Entertainment acquiring worldwide rights. Universal Pictures will distribute the film in North America through its Focus Features banner, with Le Pacte handling distribution in France, Lev in Israel, and Kismet in Australia and New Zealand.
The film was shot in 35mm at the beginning of the year and is currently in post-production. Baker also wrote the screenplay with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and 2022 Scream‘s Mikey Madison, starring as the lead character. Mark Eydelshteyn, Yuriy Borisov, Karren Karagulian, and Vache Tovmasyan round up the cast. However, plot and character details are currently unknown. Baker’s prior film was the highly regarded Red Rocket, which our own Joey raved about here, alongside interviewing the filmmaker here.
In a statement, FilmNation CEO Glen Basner expressed that “Sean Baker is an American master unafraid to shine a light on the characters that have been left behind by American cinema. Working with Sean and his producers, Samantha and Alex, is always a thrilling and inspiring experience, and we can’t wait for audiences to get to meet Anora.”
On the other hand, Baker said “Making an independent film is never easy no matter how many you have under your belt! I feel so fortunate to have been given the resources and support to fulfill my vision in an uncompromised way. Thank you to my collaborators including Glen Basner and the FilmNation team, my incredible cast, crew and producers, and to the city of New York for providing a rich cinematic backdrop for our story. I look forward to sharing this with filmgoers around the world next year.”