The season of Sundance deals is still upon us, with Amazon snatching up the rights to Sylvie’s Love for an amount in the seven-figure range.
The film stars Tessa Thompson as Sylvie, a young woman in 1957 New York who gets swept away by caring saxophonist Robert (Crown Heights‘ Nnamdi Asomugha), despite already having a fiancee overseas fighting in the war. Going against disapproval from both of her parents, who run the record store where Sylvie spends her days, the pair’s “chance meeting kindles a deep passion in each of them unlike anything they’ve felt before,” according to the film’s Sundance synopsis, continuing, “As time passes, the sexual revolution begins, and Motown becomes king, the two fall in and out of each other’s arms, but never out of love.
Sylvie’s Love serves as director Eugene Ashe’s second feature, a former Sony music artist who has been featured on multiple film soundtracks, in addition to serving as a fellow of the Writers Guild of America East Diversity Lab at Columbia University. It also marks the third Sundance pick-up for Amazon this year, alongside films Uncle Frank and Herself. The company has notably dished out on features from the festival for their Prime streaming platform in the past, including last year’s Late Night, Brittany Runs a Marathon, and Honey Boy, which studio head Jennifer Salke claimed boosted the service’s popularity.
There is still no word on when Sylvie’s Love will hit the platform, however, using at last year’s deals as evidence, it can reasonably be predicted it will arrive before the end of the year.