Winner of the 2016 Urbanworld Film Festival Best Narrative Feature (World Cinema) Award, Breaking Glass Pictures, earlier this year, acquired North American rights to “La Granja” (“The Farm”) from first-time Puerto Rican director Angel Manuel Soto.
In the film, three stories about the pursuit of happiness and its unanticipated consequences during the economic collapse of the island of Puerto Rico, intersect: a promising young boxer, a barren midwife and an overweight kid with a bike.
Official synopsis: In the small sector of a Macondo-like island forgotten by the catastrophic effects of an economic depression and drug addiction, lives are pushed to the limit. A promising young boxer, a barren midwife, and a fat kid with a bike: three intersecting stories focus around the pursuit of happiness and its unanticipated consequences during the economic collapse of the island of Puerto Rico. Each actor in this modern day tragedy will ultimately discover how the pursuit of hope can dehumanize and expose underlying animal instincts.
“La Granja” premiered at Fantastic Fest 2016 and, in addition to Urbandworld Film Festival, it screened at Tribeca, Raindance and the Miami International Film Festival.
Breaking Glass Pictures has now announced the U.S. theatrical and VOD release for “La Granja.” The film opens in Los Angeles and San Diego on Friday, June 9, followed by other U.S. cities, and a VOD release on June 20.
“In a style similar to maestros González Iñárritu and Arriaga, ‘La Granja’ presents multiple intersecting storylines about the pursuit of individual happiness and how often we are inevitably reduced to our most animalistic tendencies by our environment in an attempt to survive at all costs,” said executive producer Tom Davia in a previous statement. “Over the years, Breaking Glass has been doing great things to bring Spanish-language films and introduce them to North American culture and audiences, which makes them a perfect fit for this release.”
Michael Repsch, senior vice-president of distribution and sales at Breaking Glass, added: “‘La Granja’ is an excellent example of quality independent filmmaking with a small budget and plenty of character. We are very excited to be working with Angel on his feature directorial debut and bringing North American audiences an honest and gritty look at Puerto Rico.”
NSFW trailer below: