After its highly-successful run on Amazon, the psychological thriller Prodigy makes its premiere on Netflix later this month as well as On Demand.
In the film, “A discrete branch of the military calls upon psychologist James Fonda to take the case of a dangerous patient, nine-year-old Ellie. As their session begins, the young girl dissects Dr. Fonda’s unconventional methods, revealing her genius-level intellect. Only by challenging her to a battle of wits does Fonda begin to unravel the supernatural mystery surrounding Ellie — a deadly secret that threatens to destroy them both.”
Prodigy wrapped an eventful festival run last year, accepting invites to nine festivals, including trips to Cinequest, Fantaspoa (Brazil) and Santa Cruz — where the film took home Best Narrative Feature honors. The film carried that success into its digital release, drawing a broad audience on Amazon, and maintaining a fresh Rotten Tomatoes score.
Written and directed by Alex Haughey and Brian Vidal, the film stars Richard Neil (Veronica Mars, Horizon Zero Dawn) and introduces 9-year-old Savannah Liles in the titular role. Savannah has received universal praise for her work, and recently won both a Young Entertainer and Young Artist Award for her performance as a “miniature Hannibal Lecter”.
During our interview with Richard Neil, he described what viewers can expect:
It’s a bit of a cat-mouse game between this clever psychologist and this 9-year-old wunderkind. She is capable of doing some pretty wild and dangerous things with her mind. There are forces that want to destroy her. I believe it’s a film that works on many levels. There’s the sci-fi stuff, but there’s a heart to the story. I, as the therapist am also transformed and saved by what happens.”
Prodigy arrives on Netflix and On Demand on August 22, 2018, from Gravitas Ventures.