Roadside Attractions has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Free Turn’s Gigi & Nate. Making her scene-stealing big-screen debut in the titular role of service animal “Gigi,” Allie may be the smallest cast member, but audiences will discover her enormous heart when Roadside Attractions releases the film exclusively in theaters on September 2nd, 2022.
The film, starring Charlie Rowe, Oscar® winner Marcia Gay Harden, and Jim Belushi, is based on true events. Gigi & Nate is the story of Nate Gibson, a young man whose life is turned upside down after he suffers a near-fatal illness and is left a quadriplegic. Moving forward seems near impossible until he meets his unlikely service animal, Gigi – a curious and intelligent capuchin monkey. Although she is trained to assist Nate with his basic needs, Gigi helps Nate find what he needs most of all: hope.
The film is directed and produced by BAFTA® winning director Nick Hamm (Driven, The Journey), alongside producers and frequent collaborators, Piers Tempest (The Wife, Ordinary Love) of Tempo Productions and René Besson. Executive produced by Marie-Christine Jaeger-Firmenich. Jon Hamm of Free Turn Films and Nick Drew of Axis Studios also executive produced. Emmy nominee David Hudgins has penned the script.
“Gigi & Nate is a unique, stranger than fiction story that highlights the truths we see every day”, Nick Hamm said,“ the sacrifices we make to support our loved ones, the emotional bond between human and animal that transforms our lives, and how either, but particularly both, give us the strength to persevere.”
Joining Rowe (Rocketman, Never Let Me Go), Harden (Mystic River, Into the Wild, Pollock), and Belushi (Red Heat, K-9, Retroactive), is three-time Oscar® nominee Diane Ladd (Rambling Rose, Wild at Heart, China Town), Josephine Langford (After, Moxie), Zoe Colletti (Annie, A Boy Called Christmas), Hannah Riley (Paper Towns, “Better Things”), Sasha Compère (Single Drunk Female, Love Life), Olly Sholotan (Bel-Air), Emilio Garcia-Sanchez (The Society), and Mishel Prada (Riverdale, Vida).
Roadsides’ Co-Presidents Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff stated, “it’s no secret that animals have extraordinary lessons to teach us. Gigi teaches Nate resilience – something we all need right now and why we’re so excited to bring this film to audiences this summer.”
Paul Leonard-Morgan composed the original score and Mary Ramos is the music supervisor. The cinematographer is Elliot Davis and the production designer is Marcia Hinds.
The deal was negotiated by Howard Cohen and Angel An on behalf of Roadside Attractions and WME Independent on behalf of the filmmakers.