EXCLUSIVE: Vertical has claimed North American, UK, and Ireland rights to The Listener, an indie drama directed by Steve Buscemi and starring Tessa Thompson (Creed trilogy) that world premiered at the 2022 Venice Film Festival before making its way to Tribeca for its North American premiere.
Written by Alessandro Camon (The Messenger), the film is slated for a day-and-date release on March 29. The Listener tells the story of Beth (Thompson), a home helpline worker who is part of the small army that gets on the phone every night across America, fielding calls from all kinds of people feeling lonely, broken, hopeless.
Over the last year, the tide has become a tsunami. As Beth goes through her shift, the stakes rise: is this the night she will lose someone?
Save someone? Eventually, Beth’s own story comes to light, revealing why she does it. All along, we remain with her: listening, comforting, connecting —patching the world back together, one call at a time.Read more on deadline.com