Oscilloscope to Release ‘The Messenger’

Ben Foster war drama premiered at Cannes and won screenplay award in Berlin.

Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired distribution rights to award-winning screenwriter Oren Moverman’s (“I’m Not There”) directorial debut, “The Messenger.”

The story about a returned war hero making his first steps towards a normal life, “The Messenger” had its world premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and won the Silver Bear award for Best Screenplay and the Peace Film Award at the 2009 Berlinale Film Festival. 

Starring Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson and Samantha Morton, and co-written by Moverman and Alessandro Camon, it will be released in November.

Foster stars as a U.S. Army officer who has just returned home from a tour in Iraq and is assigned to the Army’s Casualty Notification service. Partnered with fellow officer Tony Stone (Harrelson) to bear the bad news to the loved ones of fallen soldiers, he faces the challenge of completing his mission while seeking to find comfort and healing back on the home front.

When he finds himself drawn to Olivia (Morton), to whom he has just delivered the news of her husband’s death, his emotional detachment begins to dissolve.

The film was produced by Lawrence Inglee, Mark Gordon and Zach Miller, and was financed by Omnilab Media, Sherezade Films and BZ Entertainment.