Jessie Buckley, Riz Ahmed Join Christos Nikou’s Sci-Fi Romance ‘Fingernails’

FilmNation introduced on Tuesday that Jessie Buckley and newly minted Oscar winner Riz Ahmed have joined the sci-fi romance “Fingernails,” the primary English characteristic movie from “Apples” director Christos Nikou.

“Fingernails” might be set in a surreal future wherein married {couples} can endure a check to see if they’re actually in love. Buckley performs Anna, a lady who undergoes the check and doesn’t imagine her optimistic result’s correct, so she takes an assistant job at a “love institute” below an teacher named Trevor, performed by Ahmed.

FilmNation will produce alongside Cate Blanchett by means of her Dirty Films banner, with Coco Francini and Andrew Upton additionally producing by means of Dirty Films. Nikou, who made his critically acclaimed debut with the 2020 Greek drama “Apples,” co-wrote “Fingernails” with Sam Steiner and “Apples” co-writer Stavros Raptis.

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Ahmed and Buckley made the nominee record at this 12 months’s Academy Awards, with Buckley getting a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her work in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s “The Lost Daughter” whereas Ahmed received his first Oscar for the live-action brief movie “The Long Goodbye.” Ahmed was additionally nominated final 12 months for Best Actor for his efficiency in “Sound of Metal.”

FilmNation will launch gross sales for “Fingernails” on the Cannes Film Festival subsequent week, co-repping the U.S. rights with CAA Media Finance and WME Independent. The casting was first reported by Deadline.

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