• Geographies of Solitude


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 30, 2022


NEW YORK, NY (Nov 30, 2022) – Cinema Guild announced today the acquisition of U.S. distribution rights for Geographies of Solitude, directed by Jacquelyn Mills. The film won the Caligari Film Prize and two other awards when it premiered at the Berlinale in the Forum section. It went on to win Best Canadian Feature Film and Best Emerging Director at Hot Docs and was recently nominated for Best Cinematography at the IDA Awards. To date the film has played in over 40 festivals worldwide and won 19 international prizes. Cinema Guild will open the film in theaters next year, beginning with a run at Anthology Film Archives from January 25-31.

An immersion into the rich ecosystem of Sable Island, a remote sliver of land in the Northwest Atlantic, the film follows Zoe Lucas, a naturalist and environmentalist who has lived there for over 40 years collecting, cleaning and documenting marine litter that persistently washes up on the island's shores. Shot on 16mm and created using eco-friendly filmmaking techniques, Geographies of Solitude is a playful and reverent collaboration with the natural world filled with arresting images and made with an activist spirit.

"We were swept away by Geographies of Solitude," said Cinema Guild President Peter Kelly. "Jacky brings us a marriage of character and setting unlike anything we’ve seen in contemporary nonfiction. We can’t wait to share it with U.S. audiences."

"Geographies of Solitude is a labor of love that took over 4 years to create," said Mills. "We never could have expected this kind of reception for a film made on a shoestring budget with a micro team. We are completely thrilled and honored to be collaborating with Cinema Guild."

The deal was negotiated by Peter Kelly of Cinema Guild with the film’s producers.

Cinema Guild is a premier distributor of world cinema, independent films and documentaries, whose upcoming releases include Hong Sangsoo’s Walk Up and Helena Wittmann’s Human Flowers of Flesh. Recent releases include Juan Pablo González’s Gotham Best Feature nominee Dos Estaciones, Ramon and Silvan Zürcher’s The Girl and the Spider and Payal Kapadia’s A Night of Knowing Nothing.

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