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Shellac to distribute “Deposition” in France

French sales and distribution company Shellac will begin international sales of the upcoming documentary about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, “The Deposition,” in Locarno ahead of the film’s October premiere in France. With the announcement, Diversity received exclusive access to the film’s trailer, seen above.

The Deposition is the story of a young boy named Emmanuel who, in 1993, told his parents that he had been molested by a popular new priest in the village named Hubert. At the time, his parents decided to keep the boy’s accusations a secret.

Thirty years later, Emmanuel’s father, Robert, can no longer bear the guilt and confronts Hubert, who denies everything. Months later, after speaking to a government report on sexual violence in the Catholic Church, Emmanuel is encouraged to share his story with the authorities.

For more than three hours, Emmanual shares his account of the encounter with local police, recording the entire encounter on his phone. This recording is the foundation on which The Deposition is built.

According to director Claudia Marschal, the film gives voice to countless others who have been silenced when they tried to talk about their own traumas. “Women and men were speaking out before #MeToo, but they weren’t being heard. ‘The Deposition’ tells the story of a young boy who spoke to his parents in the ’90s but was silenced. Thirty years later, in a society that seems more willing to listen, we hear him complain for the first time.”

According to the film’s producer Pierre-Olivier Bardet, “Claudia’s subtle and necessary second feature is neither judgmental nor condemnatory. With the precision of a confession recorded on location, the film follows step by step the testimony of Manu, who was molested by a Catholic priest in his youth. Ozon’s ‘By the Grace of God’ finds its documentary equivalent here, and Manu’s story reveals the perverse mechanism of abuse.”

Talking to Diversity, Thomas Ordonneau, founder and CEO of Shellac, explained why his company felt the need to introduce “Take Away” to the French public.

“We are honored to be working with Claudia Marschal and Pierre-Olivier Bardet and handling the international sales of this powerful documentary. In recent years, we have witnessed a movement of relief that has unleashed the voices of those who have suffered abuse in the Catholic Church,” he explained. “Movies have addressed this primarily through fiction, notably Spotlight or, more recently, Ozon’s In the Grace of God , but very few documentaries have addressed this issue, especially with such grace and care.

“This intimate account of sexual abuse is also a profound and political reflection of the changes our society still needs. We are confident that we will find the right partners in key territories to bring this moving and urgent film to audiences around the world,” he added.