“Lorelei,” the first feature film by writer and director Sabrina Doyle, will soon make its way to cinemas and on-demand services. A press release announced that Vertical Entertainment has acquired the US rights to the drama, and plans to release it in theaters and in VOD this summer. Visit Films will oversee international rights.
Described as “a working-class tale of a biker, a mermaid and three shades of blue,” she was selected for the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival prior to the COVID-related cancellation, and was awarded with jury awards at the Deauville American Film Festival and Mannheim Heidelberg Film Festival.
The film tells the story of Wayland (Pablo Schreiber), who has spent the last 15 years in prison for armed robbery. Upon his release, he returned to his hometown with a blue collar and inadvertently reconnected with his high school girlfriend Dolores (Gina Malone), who is now a single mother struggling to support her three children, who were all named after different shades of blue. For a short period of their reunion, Wayland moves in with the chaotic family and becomes a reluctant but desperate father figure, “the film’s synopsis raises. Struggling to pay the bills, Wayland finds himself drawn to his old ways as Dolores yearns for her pre-motherly dream of living in Los Angeles.
“As a first-generation high school graduate, I wanted to make a movie that depicted the resilience of hardcore Americans – their ability to adapt and transform. And to dream big, even when life conspired to keep it young,” Doyle said. “Pablo, Jena, and three newcomers are all giving great performances, and I am delighted to be partnering with Vertical Entertainment to bring this movie to American audiences.”
When we asked Doyle what you want the audience to think about after seeing “Lorelei,” She said, “Maybe not a tangible idea so much as a feeling – which is what my favorite films leave me – that life is mysterious, tragic, complicated and kind of wonderful.”
Doyle previously wrote and directed short films such as “Code Red” and “Sing Room.” A former BBC journalist, her filmmaking has received support from Women in Film LA, the Nicholl Fellowship, Mary Pickford Foundation, BAFTA Los Angeles and the American-British Fulbright Commission.