The Exchange has acquired the world sales rights for romantic comedy “The Islander,” starring Grammy- and Emmy Award-winning musician and actor Harry Connick Jr. The film features two original songs by Connick. The Exchange will introduce the title to buyers at next week’s American Film Market.
“The Islander” is about a down-on-his-luck rockstar, who moves to a remote cliffside house, sight unseen, on an island, only to discover his new home has an unfortunate notoriety. Through a series of charming mishaps, it turns out maybe love can be found right where he left it.
The film is written, directed and produced by Stelana Kliris under her Cyprus-based Meraki Films banner. It is also produced by Jupiter Peak Productions, Steven Shapiro, and Keith Arnold, with the support of the Cyprus Deputy Ministry of Culture, and the Cyprus Film Commission’s incentives scheme.
Alongside Connick, it stars Agni Scott, Ali Fumiko Whitney and Tony Demetriou.
Connick’s credits include “Memphis Belle,” “Hope Floats,” “Will & Grace,” “Bug” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” This year, he has appeared as a judge on “Australian Idol.”
“We are delighted to bring this fun romantic comedy to AFM, perfect for date night, Valentine’s Day or just to watch among friends. Stelana did such an amazing job directing heartthrob Harry,” said Nat McCormick, worldwide sales and distribution president at The Exchange.
The film, which is the biggest local film ever to be shot in Cyprus, is in post-production.
Kliris was selected by European Film Promotion’s for this year’s Producers on the Move program. Her next feature as a director is set to be “Apart From Her,” and she is also producing Yianna Americanou’s “My Name Is Lily,” about an intersex person.