August 05, 2014
SASKATOON, August 5, 2014 – Factoria Films is pleased to announce that it has entered into a licensing agreement for Canadian distribution of its award winning feature film The Shape of Rex with Toronto distributor Films We Like.
Films We Like is a boutique distributor of documentary, independent and international films in Canada and has released over 260 films since it was founded in 2002 by award winning Canadian filmmaker and producer Ron Mann, renowned for his genre-bending approach to documentary cinema that explores art forms and contemporary popular culture with vision and verve. Mann’s brand new documentary Altman, an in-depth look at the life and times of film director Robert Altman, has been selected for presentation in the Venice Classics section of the 71st Venice International Film Festival, which runs August 27 – September 7, 2014. Mann, along with Robert Altman’s widow, Kathryn Reed Altman, will be in Venice for the screening of the film. Mann also will be on the Venice Festival jury for Best Debut Film.
The Shape of Rex is Factoria’s first feature. In July the film screened at the Madrid International Film Festival where it was nominated in three categories: Best Feature, Best Actress (Vivien Endicott-Douglas) and Best Music. In May it earned multiple nominations in France at the St. Tropez International Film Festival, including ones for Best Film, Best Lead Actress (again for Endicott-Douglas), and Best New Directors for first-time co-directors Layne Coleman and Bill Hominuke, who also co-wrote and co-produced..
The Shape of Rex has screened at numerous festivals across North America, winning the Award of Excellence at the Canadian International Film Festival in Vancouver, and the Award of Merit at both the Indie Fest in La Jolla, California and the Route 66 Film Festival in Springfield, Ill. It also was nominated as Best Feature film at both the Kansas International Film Festival in Kansas City, Kansas, and the Green Bay International Film Festival in Wisconsin. Last fall it was in competition for the Discovery Award as Best First Narrative Feature at the Calgary International Film Festival.
With a narrative that toggles between the 1980s and the present day, the film is rooted in a reckless romance between 16-year-old Rose (Endicott-Douglas) and Rex (Brett Donahue), a hot-blooded older boy who has a summer job as a disc jockey. They meet again years later, both comfortably married with children. Rex (Ryan Hollyman) is now a lawyer, Rose (Monica Dottor) a stained glass artist. In the name of “unfinished business,” they cautiously embark on an affair that cannot possibly end well, one that never escapes the chilly shadow of a horrific secret that they share. As their respective spouses (Lorne Cardinal and Aviva Armour-Ostroff) confirm their suspicions—he with measured rage, she with withering contempt—two marriages are put to the ultimate test.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: theshapeofrex.com