EXCLUSIVE: Gravitas Ventures has acquired the North American rights to the drama The whole world is asleepcrowned by rising star Melissa Barrera (Scream VI), scheduled for release in theaters and on demand on March 17.
Written and directed by Ryan Lacen, The whole world is asleep follows Chama (Barrera), who as a young girl in New Mexico aspired to be different from her mother. Now in her twenties, she finds herself falling into a similar cycle of generational addiction. This struggle then threatens her balance as the mother of her own daughter. While Chama tries to keep everything together, a harrowing accident spirals her out of control, resulting in her daughter being taken out of custody. With nothing left, she will have to face her past to fight for a future – one that can bring her closer to her daughter’s return or lead her deeper into this dangerous circle.
Pic also features Jackie Cruz, Jorge Garcia, Kristen Gutoskie, Valentina Herrera, Lisandra Tena and Luis Bordonada. The producers are Anthony Baldino, Charlene Bencomo, Denicia Cadena, Micaela Lara Cadena, Esperanza Dodge, Tannia Esparza, Carly Hicks, Patricia Marez, Sonja Mereu, Myra Salazar, Jade Sanchez, Kat Sanchez, Ian Simon, Kayleigh Smith, Malissa Trujillo and Doralee Urban.
“Not only is this film based on the lived experiences of seven women with histories of addiction, it was also made by them. Through a unique partnership with the non-profit Bold Futures, their stories and input shaped this film throughout development and production,” Lacen told Deadline. “As a director whose own family has been stricken with addiction, my intention was to make a movie that felt truthful while unraveling in a uniquely visually cerebral way. The whole world is asleep is based on the axiom that although this is a movie, we understand that these moments are happening all around us. Hopefully it will get the audience talking.”
“We are delighted to bring The whole world is asleep to theaters and homes in March,” added Danielle Gasher, Gravitas Senior Director of Acquisitions. “Melissa Barrera delivers an incredible performance as a young mother battling addiction. We are proud to be the North American partner for such a persistent drama.”
Barrera was introduced as Sam Carpenter – the daughter of Ghostface killer Billy Loomis, who gets her own death – in 2022’s scream relaunch of Paramount, and will reprise the role in the latest entry of the classic horror franchise Scream IVout on March 10. The film Kwame Kwei-Armah is also coming for her The collaborationbased on the play of the same name, in which she stars alongside Paul Bettany, Daniel Brühl, Jeremy Pope and more.
Gasher negotiated the deal The whole world is sleeping on behalf of Gravitas, with Shoreline Entertainment on behalf of the filmmakers.