Voltage boards Frank Grillo thriller ‘No Man’s Land’ for virtual Cannes (exclusive)

Voltage boards Frank Grillo thriller ‘No Man’s Land’ for virtual Cannes (exclusive)

by JEREMY KAY

06/18/2020

Voltage Pictures has added another sales title to its virtual Cannes sales slate, boarding worldwide sales on the upcoming Frank Grillo thriller No Man’s Land.

The Margate House production shot in Guanajuato, Mexico, and centres on father-and-son Texas ranchers whose lives are plunged into chaos when the younger man accidentally kills a Mexican immigrant’s 10-year-old son while on vigilante patrol.

The man flees into Mexico chased by US and Mexican authorities and tries to seek forgiveness from the boy’s father.

Jake Allyn Jorge A. Jimenez, George Lopez, and Andie MacDowell also star. Allyn’s brother Conor Allyn will direct from a screenplay by Jake Allyn and David Barraza Ibanez.

Rob Allyn and his sons Conor Allyn and Jake Allyn are producing through their Margate House Films in partnership with Bluegrass Pictures and the state of Guanajuato. Executive producers include Araceli Velazquez (Desierto), Barraza, Grillo and Simon Fawcett (Guardia-Garcia). Victor Almeida and Joel Shapiro also produce.

“My brother and I set out to make a modern classic that would shatter myths and misconceptions about immigration and the border, by having the audience walk in the shoes of others – to cross the borders within ourselves,” said Conor Allyn. “In this highly polarized landscape, we focused on telling a more personal, human story with heart and hope – the kind of artistic, gripping yet entertaining film that audiences love.”

“Finding and nurturing gifted filmmakers like Conor, Rob and Jake is a good business to be in, so we’re thrilled to be back on board with them and the Margate House Films team,” said Voltage president and COO Jonathan Deckter.

“It’s been great to watch them progress as filmmakers and attract the calibre of talent we see here in No Man’s Land. It’s clear evidence that others are taking note of their exceptional work too.”

The Voltage sales slate includes thriller Deadly Illusions starring Kristin Davis and Dermot Mulroney, which Deckter has described as a throwback to Basic Instinct.