The Match Factory has boarded Sean Price Williams’ The Sweet East which world premieres next month in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes.
Written by the film critic and programmer Nick Pinkerton, it is the first feature film directed by cinematographer Price Williams, whose credits Owen Kline’s Funny Pages (2022), Abel Ferrara’s Zeros and Ones (2021), Michael Almereyda’s Tesla (2020), Alex Ross Perry’s Her Smell (2018) and the Safdie brothers Good Time (2017).
The Sweet East is billed as picaresque journey through the cities and woods of the Eastern seaboard of the US undertaken by Lillian, a high school senior from South Carolina who gets her first glimpse of the wider world on a class trip to Washington, D.C. Separated from her schoolmates, she embarks on a fractured fairy tale travelogue into America.
The film stars Talia Ryder, whose credits include Do Revenge, and Never Rarely Sometimes Always, and Simon Rex, Earl Cave, Jacob Elordi, Jeremy O Harris, Ayo Edebiri, and Rish Shah.
The film is produced by the US’ Marathon Films and Base 12 who, together with The Match Factory, will handle sales for North America.
“The Sweet East is nothing quite like we have seen lately. Sean Price Williams’s unmatched style is written all over his unique debut film – we can’t wait to share this with the world”, said The Match Factory’s head of acquisitions and sales Thania Dimitrakopoulou.
The Sweet East completes the line-up of The Match Factory’s Cannes 2023 slate, alongside four titles in Competition: Perfect Days by Wim Wenders, Fallen Leaves by Aki Kaurismaki, La Chimera by Alice Rohrwacher and Kidnapped by Marco Bellocchio.
Cannes Directors’ Fortnight line-up includes Michel Gondry, Hong Sangsoo, Cedric Kahn titles