Sam Riley to star in Jan-Ole Gerster Thriller ISLANDS

augenschein is producing Jan-Ole Gersters Neo Noir thriller ISLANDS (working title) with Sam Riley taking the lead role.

ISLANDS tells the story of Tom, a one-time tennis pro who, years ago, washed up on a holiday island. Now he’s the coach at a hotel resort, hitting countless balls over the net to tourists who come to escape their everyday lives. Living an endless summer, Tom fills the emptiness inside with booze and brief affairs. He’s still kidding himself that he’s in paradise, but it is beginning to dawn on him that he’s wound up in hell. When he crosses paths with a particular tourist family, it seems he’s found an escape of his own.

“We see Jan-Ole as the next German director whose singular, signature style will earn a devoted worldwide audience, so we’re honored to champion his latest project,” said Augenschein’s Maximilian Leo.

Leo’s business partner Jonas Katzenstein added: “This stylish, charged and character-driven thriller is an excitingly fresh take on the classic genre, that only a visionary like Jan-Ole could bring to life.”

This is the latest project for the growing and ambitious Augenschein, which will start shoot in coming weeks on Michaela Coel and Anne Hathaway pop melodrama Mother Mary, which it is producing with A24.

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