EXCLUSIVE: Margaret Qualley and Christopher Abbott are the protagonists of Zachary Wigon’s film Sanctuary will premiere September 11 at the Toronto Film Festival. Ahead of the film’s release, Deadline has an exclusive first look where the main characters are seen engaging in a “battle of wills.” Watch the clip below!
Sanctuary revolves around a dominatrix (Qualley) and her wealthy client (Abbott) who engage in a battle of wills in a luxury hotel suite after trying to end their relationship. During an emotionally charged night, the balance of power swings back and forth as everyone seeks to gain the upper hand. Is it hopelessly overwhelmed? Or is his extremely unpredictable behavior part of an elaborate game?
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The film was directed by critically acclaimed filmmaker Wigon (The Heart Machine) and written by Micah Bloomberg. Sanctuary is a sexy and sophisticated psychological thriller about the quest for power and control, and the roles we play in our most intimate relationships.
The film is seeking distribution and has no release date yet, UTA and Charades are handling sales. Sanctuary is a production of Rumble Films, in association with Charades, Mosaic Films and Hype Film.
of the sanctuary producers are Rumble Films’ David Lancaster and Stephanie Wilcox (Whiplash, Nightcrawler) with Hype Studios’ Ilya Stewart and Mosaic Films’ Pavel Burian. Executive producers include Carole Baraton, Elizaveta Chalenko, Yohann Comte, Maxim Dashkin, Pierre Mazars, as well as Margaret Qualley and screenwriter Micah Bloomberg.
Watch the first clip of Sanctuary below.