15 November 2012 9:31 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As we predicted in September back when Megan Ellison's Annapurna PIctures picked up U.S. distribution rights to Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers," the production and financing entity will team up with a distributor -- in this case A24 -- to release the film nationwide theatrically next Spring. Talk about perfect timing. The film, which made a splash in Venice before screening in Toronto, centers on four female co-eds (Ashley Benson, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Rachel Korine) in an unnamed college town who rob a coffee shop to fund a trip to the beach, only to end up in the slammer. Enter James Franco, sporting dreadlocks and grillz, as the local petty gangster who bails them out. "Like all of Korine's movies, 'Spring Breakers' fixates on people frustrated by societal restrictions and subsequently tearing them down," wrote Eric Kohn in his review. "The idea takes precedence »

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