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RLJE Films Enters Galveston by Acquiring U.S. Distribution Rights to Ben Foster and Elle Fanning Drama


RLJE Films Enters Galveston by Acquiring U.S. Distribution Rights to Ben Foster and Elle Fanning Drama


Elle Fanning and Ben Foster star in director Mélanie Laurent’s drama, ‘Galveston.’

RLJE Films is entering ‘Galveston,’ as the distribution company has acquired all U.S. rights to the drama. The company plans to release the movie in theaters this fall, after it premiered at this year’s SXSW Film Festival, and has just been announced as part of the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

‘Galveston’ is based on the 2011 novel of the same name by ‘True Detective’ creator Nic Pizzolatto. The movie was directed by Mélanie Laurent (‘Breathe’), and written by Jim Hammett. The drama stars Ben Foster (‘Hell or High Water‘), Elle Fanning (‘The Beguiled’), Lili Reinhart (‘Riverdale’) and Beau Bridges (‘Homeland’). Tyler Davidson (‘Take Shelter’) produced the movie, with his company Low Spark Films providing sole financing and production services.

“Elle Fanning and Ben Foster deliver powerful performances in this provoking drama,” said Mark Ward, the Chief Acquisitions Officer for RLJE Films. “Their chemistry captures audiences on a gripping, emotional ride. We are so proud to bring this film to the big screen.” Ward and Jess De Leo from RLJE negotiated the deal with Endeavor Content and Cinetic, on behalf of the filmmakers.

Set in the title Texas city, ‘Galveston’ follows Roy (Foster), a heavy-drinking criminal enforcer and mob hit man whose boss set him up in a double-cross scheme. After killing his would-be assassins before they could kill him, Roy discovers Rocky (Fanning), a young woman being held captive, and reluctantly takes her with him on his escape. Determined to find safety and sanctuary in Galveston, Roy must find a way to stop his boss from pursuing them, while also trying to out-run the demons from his and Rocky’s pasts.

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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