Saban Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Ludwig and Paul Shammasian’s Romans, starring Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lord of the Rings), Janet Montgomery (Salem, Black Swan), Charlie Creed-Miles (Silent Witness, The Fifth Element), Josh Myers (I am Soldier), and Anne Reid (Hot Fuzz, Last Tango in Halifax).
The drama is written by Geoff Thompson (The Pyramid Texts) and produced by Jasper Graham of Dreamscape along with James Harris and Mark Lane of The Fyzz Facility and Sheetal Vinod Talwar of Vistaar Film Fund, in association with Zee International.
Romans is the story of Malky (Bloom), a man who struggles to come to terms with the abuse he suffered by a local priest during his childhood. Now set on demolishing the church in which the abuse took place, he finds himself on the unlikely path towards forgiveness.
“This is a heart-rending and sobering film,” said Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley. “Ludwig and Paul have a powerful and timely story here, and Orlando really takes it home.”
The film made its World Premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, where Anne Reid took home the prize for Best Performance in a British Feature Film, and then went on to the Rome Film Festival.