Fantastic Fest Film The Other Laurens Finds North American Distribution (EXCLUSIVE)

Yellow Veil Pictures, the U.S.-based arthouse genre distribution company, has acquired North American rights to Belgian director Claude Schmitz’s deadpan detective thriller “The Other Laurens.”

The feature debut world premiered at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight and will have its North American Premiere at Fantastic Fest which kicks off Sept. 23 in Austin, Texas. Yellow Veil Pictures plans for a theatrical release in 2024.

“The Other Laurens” follows a private detective, Gabriel, who has been asked by his niece to investigate her father’s death. Gabriel must confront the ghosts of his past and finds himself caught up in a strange investigation mixing fantasy and drug trafficking.

“‘The Other Laurens’ stands beside films like ‘The Big Lebowski’ and ‘The Long Goodbye’ in melding a level of absurdism into Neo-noir, revealing something darker beneath the surface,” said Joe Yannick at Yellow Veil Pictures.

The deal was negotiated by Hugues Barbier, Justin Timms and Joe Yanick for Yellow Veil Pictures and Charles Bin of Best Friend Forever on behalf of the filmmaker.  The film stars Olivier Rabourdin, Kate Moran, Marc Barbé and newcomer Louise Leroy. It was produced by Benoit Roland for Belgium’s Wrong Men and Jérémy Forni for France’s Chevaldeuxtrois.

“The Other Laurens” is represented in international markets by Best Friend Forever, the sister company of Paris-based Indie Sales which is headed by Martin Gondre and Charles Bin.

Yellow Veil Pictures roster includes Tilman Singer’s debut feature “Luz,” The Adams Family’s “Hellbender,” George A. Romero’s “The Amusement Park,” and Philip Gelatt and Morgan Galen King’s “The Spine of Night.”

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