Monument Releasing has announced the U.S. theatrical release of Chronic, written and directed by the internationally acclaimed Mexican auteur Michel Franco, opening on September 23 in New York City, and a week later in Los Angeles, with additional cities to follow. The film premiered and won the Best Screenplay award at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
Starring Tim Roth, Chronic follows the story of David, an in-home nurse who works with terminally ill patients. Efficient and dedicated to his profession, David develops strong, even intimate, relationships with each person he cares for. But outside of his work, David is ineffectual, awkward, and reserved – effects of his chronic depression – and he needs each patient as much as they need him. Having long carried a burden of guilt and remorse, David must face his past in order to heal.
Chronic is Franco’s fourth feature film. His debut feature, Daniel and Ana (2009), which premiered in the Director’s Fortnight section at Cannes, was followed by After Lucía (2012), which won the Prize Un Certain Regard at Cannes.
Chronic is produced by Gabriel Ripstein, Michel Franco, Moisés Zonana, and Gina Kwon. The production companies are Lucía Films (From Afar, 2015), Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival), Videocine, Stromboli Films, and Vamonos Films. The theatrical release is being financed by Pantelion Films, the first major Latino Hollywood studio. A partnership between Lionsgate Entertainment and Grupo Televisa, Pantelion’s recent releases include the Lucía Films production 600 Miles (2015), winner of the Best First Film award at the Berlin Film Festival, and Compadres (2016).
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