Verve Pictures acquire UK rights to My Brother The Devil and Couple In A Hole

Verve Pictures have picked up the UK rights to Sally El Hosaini’s critically acclaimed prize winner, My Brother The Devil and to Tom Geen’s feature Couple in a Hole, to be shot in the UK and Greece later this year. 

A masterful debut from one of the UK’s boldest and brightest new talents, My Brother The Devil won rave reviews at the Sundance Festival and Berlinale 2012, where Hosaini was awarded the prize for Best European Film from the Europa Cinemas Label network.  Having claimed the World Cinema Cinematography award at Sundance earlier this year, this week it was announced that the film was one of four films that will win awards at the inaugural Sundance London film and music festival.

Written and directed by Sally El Hosaini, My Brother The Devil stars newcomers James Floyd and Fady Elsayed alongside Said Taghmaoui (La Haine).  The film is a visually poetic coming-of-age story about two young British Arab brothers growing up on the streets of London. Confronting violence, sexual awakening and their own ingrained prejudices, they must face their inner demons as they find the courage it takes to live life on their own terms in an uncompromising world.  My Brother the Devil is produced by Wild Horses Film Company's Gayle Griffiths (Archipelago, Kiss of Life, Song of Songs) and Rooks Nest Entertainment's Julia Godzinskaya and Michael Sackler and will open in cinemas in the UK in the Autumn.

Couple in A Hole is written and directed by Tom Geens and produced by 011 Productions’ Zorana Piggott and is an unconventional and thought-provoking drama that will shoot in the UK and Greece later this year. Geens and Piggott recently collaborated on the award winning Cinema Extreme short You’re The Stranger Here.  

Colin Burch of Verve Pictures commented  "We are proud to be involved in the release of both My Brother the Devil and Couple in the Hole. Verve Pictures have a proven track record of working with new filmmakers, and a significant percentage of our releases are from first time feature directors.  My Brother the Devil will be an exciting and rewarding film to bring to audiences and I have no doubt that it will find a place of distinction. Couple in A Hole is inventive cinema from a film maker with a unique vision”

Verve Pictures recently released Karl Markovics’ directorial debut Breathing in the UK and will be releasing Harry Belafonte documentary Sing Your Song in cinemas nationwide on June 8th.  

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