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Worldwide rights to Riz Ahmed’s sci-fi drama Fingernails nabbed by Apple Original Films

Last seen in Michael Pearce’s Encounter (2021), Oscar-winning actor Riz Ahmed has some interesting projects in the pipeline, including filmmaker Christos Nikou’s recently announced sci-fi love story Fingernails.

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By: Mohnish Singh

The film, which marks Nikou’s English Language debut, also features The Lost Daughter star Jessie Buckley in the lead role.

The latest development on the film has it that Apple Original Films has picked up the worldwide rights to Fingernails. The deal was inked late Saturday night.

Fingernails has Cate Blanchett, Coco Francini, and Andrew Upton attached as producers. The trio produces under the banner of Dirty Films alongside FilmNation Entertainment. Jerome Duboz will executive-produce the film. Filming is set to begin later this year.


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The project, which has been creating a lot of buzz ever since its official announcement some weeks ago, was one of the most sought-after projects at Cannes Market this year. FilmNation Entertainment will be the studio on the film and also handled international sales at Cannes.

Nikou co-wrote Fingernails with Apples co-writer Stavros Raptis and Sam Steiner.

In this sci-fi love story, a test has been discovered that measures whether married couples are truly in love, and institutes have opened to help couples succeed. Anna (Buckley) is skeptical of the positive result she has received with her longtime partner, so she starts working in a love institute as an assistant to Trevor (Ahmed) a mysterious and dedicated instructor.

Two-year-old Apple Original Films continues to add impressive titles to its repertoire, especially after winning its first Best Picture Oscar win for CODA. It next releases the Cooper Raiff-Dakota Johnson comedy Cha Cha Real Smooth, which won the 2022 Sundance Film Festival U.S. Dramatic Audience Award. The film is set to premiere in theatres globally on June 17 on Apple TV+.

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