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Exclusive: Anthony Mackie, Forest Whitaker, Sanaa Lathan Are Torn Apart In 'Repentance' Poster

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by Tambay A. Obenson
November 8, 2013 10:45 AM
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It's been quite an active last 12 months for Jeff Clanagan and his CodeBlack Films, since the launch of last year's partnership with Lionsgate (also a company that's been on a hit streak lately).

On the heels of successful releases like Kevin Hart: Let Me ExplainGeorge Tillman Jr.'s The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete, and Shola Lynch's Free Angela And All Political Prisoners, Codeblack picked up US distribution rights to Forest Whitaker‘s thriller Repentance (previously titled Vipaka), over the summer, with plans to release the psychological thriller on February 28, 2014, in limited release.

The southern gothic stars Whitaker, Anthony MackieSanaa LathanNicole Ari Parker and Mike Epps.

It made its world premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, UT earlier this year, and was the opening night film at the Pan African Film Festival in February. 

The film's official synopsis reads:

Years after a drunken car crash that almost took his life, Thomas Carter (Anthony Mackie) has reinvented himself as a therapist/spiritual advisor who advocates a synthesis of world religions and positivity. He’s parlayed this vocation into a successful book release that one day draws the attention of Angel Sanchez (Forest Whitaker), a profoundly troubled man fixated on the “untimely” death of his mother. When Carter takes on Sanchez as a personal client in an effort to raise funds for his indebted brother Ben (Mike Epps), things quickly take a turn for the worse. Angel needs much more than a simple life coach. What may be simple to grasp for some is the idea that single actions in the past comprise tidal waves of reactions in the present.

French/Lebanese director Philippe Caland (Boxing Helena) directed the film.

The Juntobox Films production was scripted by Shintaro Shimosawa, producer by Nina Yang Bongiovi, Whitaker and Calland. 

See Best Man Holiday dramedy star Sanaa Lathan take a walk on the dark side in Repentance, when it opens on February 28, 2014.

Shadow & Act has your exclusive first look at the film's poster, which emphasizes its urgency theme, promising a genre tale that's unlike much of what this set of actors typically engage in.

CodeBlack's Clanagan previously revealed plans to produce two to three features a year, in various genres, stating, “We wanted to give ourselves time to build up our infrastructure rather than rushing out titles.”

The company also recently picked up Halle Berry's Sybil-like tale, Frankie & Alice, for an April 42014 release.

Check out the poster art below:

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3 Comments

  • sergio | November 10, 2013 12:46 PMReply

    Hate to burst your bubble but this film is bad. I saw it a couple of months ago under its original title. It starts off maybe somewhat promising but quickly goes off the rails turning into a Saw type rip-off in the last third It's wretchedly awful, even downright laughable at times (well I was laughing) with a terrible "You-mean-that's-it?" ending. The entire cast is totally wasted and especially Lathan.

    Good now I got that off my chest

  • Laura | November 9, 2013 2:38 PMReply

    Looks very interesting. It peaks my interested.

  • Ade | November 8, 2013 4:43 PMReply

    Looking forward to seeing this southern gothic non-slavery genre movie which is filled with talented Black actors.

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