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Toronto FF Gala Has Twin Distribution Pick Up

Written by: FFT Webmaster | August 5th, 2011

One of the anticipated Gala presentation films at next month’s Toronto Film Festival has been jointly picked up for American rights. Liddell Entertainment and Roadside Attractions have acquired all U.S. rights to ALBERT NOBBS, a historical gender drama directed by acclaimed indie director Rodrigo Garcia (MOTHER AND CHILD). The film stars five-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close as a woman passing as a man in order to work and survive in 19th century Dublin.  Close won an Obie Award in 1982 for playing the Nobbs character Off-Broadway in Simone Benmussa’s theatrical interpretation of the same George Moore novella that the film is based upon. Glenn Close contributed to the final screenplay and has on-screen credit, her first, as well as serving as her debut as a feature film producer. The film also stars Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson, Janet McTeer, Pauline Collins, Brenda Fricker, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Brendan Gleeson.  The two distributors, who will release the film in the Fall for Oscar consideration, also co-ventured on the release of last year’s Oscar nominated Spanish film BIUTIFUL, starring Javier Bardem.

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