EXCLUSIVE: Gravitas Ventures has acquired the North American rights to the drama The whole world sleepstopped by rising star Melissa Barrera (scream VI), which is slated for a March 17 release in theaters and on demand.
Written and directed by Ryan Lacen, The whole world sleeps follows Chama (Barrera), who as a young girl in New Mexico strives to be different from her mother. Now in her twenties, she finds herself in a similar cycle of intergenerational addiction. This struggle then threatens her balance as a mother of her own daughter. As Chama tries to hold everything together, Chama is thrown out of control in a terrifying accident, resulting in her daughter being taken from custody. With nothing left, she must confront her past to fight for a future – one that could bring her closer to her daughter’s return or lead her deeper into this dangerous circle.
Also pictured are Jackie Cruz, Jorge Garcia, Kristen Gutoskie, Valentina Herrera, Lisandra Tena and Luis Bordonada. Producers are Anthony Baldino, Charlene Bencomo, Denicia Cadena, Micaela Lara Cadena, Esperanza Dodge, Tannia Esparza, Carly Hicks, Patricia Marez, Sonja Mereu, Myra Salazar, Jade Sanchez, Kat Sanchez, Ian Simon, Kayleigh Smith, Malissa Urban Trujillo and Doralee .
“This film is not only based on the lived experiences of seven women with histories of addiction, it was made by them. Through a unique partnership with non-profit organization Bold Futures, their stories and contributions shaped this film throughout development and production,” Lacen told Deadline. “As a director whose own family was ravaged by addiction, my intention was to make a film that felt real while also unraveling in a uniquely visually intellectual way. The whole world sleeps is based on the axiom that although it is a movie, we understand that these moments are happening all around us. Hopefully it gets the audience talking.”
“We are happy to bring The whole world sleeps Theaters and homes in March,” added Danielle Gasher, senior director of acquisitions at Gravitas. “Melissa Barrera delivers an incredible performance as a young mother struggling with addiction. We are proud to be the North American partner for such a hard-hitting drama.”
Barrera was introduced in 2022 as Sam Carpenter – the daughter of Ghostface killer Billy Loomis who gets her own death Shout relaunched by Paramount and will reprise the role in the latest entry in the classic horror franchise shout IVwill be released on March 10. Also the movie Kwame Kwei-Armah is coming for her Cooperationbased on the play of the same name, in which she stars alongside Paul Bettany, Daniel Brühl, Jeremy Pope and others.
Gasher negotiated the deal The whole world sleeps on behalf of Gravitas, with Shoreline Entertainment representing the filmmakers.
Writer: Matt Grobar