Breaking Glass Pictures has announced the theatrical release of Uruguayan film programmer-turned-director Federico Veiroj’s critically acclaimed The Apostate. This time shooting in Madrid, Veiroj channels the likeness of Luis Buñuel and Éric Rohmer in the existentialist tale of unlikely hero Gonzalo Tamayo’s (Álvaro Ogalla) quixotic quest to abandon the Catholic Church. The Apostate opens at Anthology Film Archives in New York on Friday, September 9, followed by Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and other cities, with a VOD and DVD release to follow on October 25.
The Apostate premiered at Toronto International Film Festival last year, and went on to play at numerous film festivals including New Directors/New Films, San Sebastian, Rotterdam, and Miami. The film stars Bárbara Lennie (star of the acclaimed Spanish Magical Girl), Marta Larralde, Vicky Peña and a breakout performance by Ogalla, a friend of Veiroj’s on whose life the script is loosely based and who co-scripted.
In love with his cousin, engaged in dubious errands for his crooked father, and struggling to complete one final credit for his university degree in philosophy, a seemingly lost Tamayo must establish who he truly is. In a quest to change the person he has been forced to become Tamayo’s opposition manifests itself in the increasingly quixotic mission of formally having his name struck from the Catholic church’s baptismal record.
A typically wry, bemused, yet sharply perceptive character study, The Apostate will be available on the following VOD platforms starting October 25: iTunes, Amazon Instant, Google Play, Vudu, Blockbuster, and Cable VOD.