Tuesday, October 4, 2016





Film Stars Dominic Monaghan, Ksenia Solo & JennetteMcCurdy


LOS ANGELES, CA (October 4, 2016) – Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films announced today that they have acquired the psychological thriller PET, directed by CarlesTorrens and written by Jeremy Slater.  The film stars Dominic Monaghan (Lost, THE LORD OF THE RINGS Series), KseniaSolo (BLACK SWAN, LOST GIRL), and Jennette McCurdy (iCarlySam & Cat).  PET had its World Premiere at the 2016 South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin.  Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films will release the film in U.S. theaters and on demand on December 2, 2016, and it will be available on DVD on December 27.


In the vein of HARD CANDY and GONE GIRL, PET is a psychological thriller that deals with the themes of identity, loneliness, selflessness and what it means to truly belong to another.  It's told through the prism of two isolated people, Seth and Holly, seemingly different yet more similar than they even knew. PET is at its heart a dark love story that examines how much one is willing to sacrifice in the name of love.  

Director Carles Torrens stated, “I am thrilled at the opportunity to share PET with audiences worldwide.  Samuel Goldwyn Films and Orion Releasing approached us with the same enthusiasm we had about the film and we are thrilled to work with them on the project.”


PET transcends all of the expectations that suspense-thriller fans have been desensitized to,” said Peter Goldwyn, President of Samuel Goldwyn Films. "Carles Torrens is great at this genre and we could not be more excited to bring his film to moviegoers."


PET was written by Jeremy Slater and directed by CarlesTorrens, with Sean Gowrie as executive producer.  PET was produced by Revolver Picture Company’s Nick Phillips and Kelly Martin Wagner and Magic Lantern’s Carles Torrens.


The deal was negotiated by Peter Goldwyn of Samuel Goldwyn Films with United Talent Agency and Elsa Ramo of Ramo Law on behalf of the filmmakers.



Orion, an arm of MGM, is focused on distributing films across multiple platforms.



Samuel Goldwyn Films is a major, independently owned and operated motion-picture company that develops, produces and distributes innovative feature films and documentaries.  The company is dedicated to working with both world-renowned and emerging writers/filmmakers and committed to filmed entertainment that offers original voices in uniquely told stories.  This is best exemplified by the Academy Award® nominated THE SQUID AND THE WHALE and SUPER SIZE ME, AMAZING GRACE and Julie Delpy’s hit comedy 2 DAYS IN PARIS.  Past Goldwyn titles include: HARRY BROWN starring Michael Caine, the box office smash FIREPROOF and the 2010 independent hit MAO'S LAST DANCER.  Samuel Goldwyn Films also released THE WHISTLEBLOWER, a powerful, ripped-from-the-headlines thriller starring Academy Award® winner Rachel Weisz, and the 2012 critics’ darling ROBOT & FRANK, starring Academy Award® nominee Frank Langellaand Academy Award® winner Susan Sarandon.  Additional Samuel Goldwyn Films releases include: DIANA VREELAND:  THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL; Gilles Bourdos’ RENOIR, the lush film about the famous painter's later years and France's official submission for the 2014 Academy Awards®; Jason Wise’s cult-hit film SOMM; 2015 Academy Foreign Language Film Award® nominee TANGERINES; the Israeli dark comedy THE FAREWELL PARTY; Sacha Jenkins’ FRESH DRESSED; the Sundance cult-hit LILA AND EVE starring Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez; Damon Gameau’s eye-opening THAT SUGAR FILM which takes on the sugar industry; and Morgan Matthews compelling drama A BRILLIANT YOUNG MIND. Current Samuel Goldwyn Films releases include: Chris Bell’s expose PRESCRIPTION THUGS; Andrew Renzi’s Tribeca Film Festival favorite THE BENEFACTOR starring Richard Gere; the widely anticipated Jason Wise follow-up SOMM: INTO THE BOTTLE; Toronto Film Festival’s Gala Presentation HYENA ROAD directed by Paul Gross; Ted Balaker’s docuCAN WE TAKE A JOKE? in which comedy and outrage collide and TRANSPECOS, the directorial debut and 2016 SXSW Audience Award Winner by Greg Kwedar.  Upcoming films include Sasha Gordon’s subversive romantic comedy and festival favorite IT HAD TO BE YOU and Ian Old’s award-winning BURN COUNTRY with Oscar winner Melissa Leo, James Franco and breakout lead Dominic Rains



Magic Lantern is a Barcelona-based production company.  PET is the company’s first project and international co-production.



Revolver previously produced and financed the films HAUNT, with Jacki Weaver and Ione Skye, and BENEATH, with Jeff Fahey.  Both were released by IFC Midnight in 2014.  They also produced DEVIL’s BACKBONE TEXAS for Fox Digital Studios, which was released in 2015.  The new season of their horror reality show FIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, which they produced with Alpine Labs and Blackbox TV, currently airing on YouTube RED.


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