The Billy Bob Thornton-directed period drama “Jayne Mansfield’s Car” will be distributed by Anchor Bay Films in North America and the U.K. The announcement came in advance of the film’s North American premiere September 13 at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Directed and co-written (with Tom Epperson) by Thornton, the film had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival. In addition to Thornton, the film stars Robert Duvall, John Hurt and Kevin Bacon.
Here’s the logline:
An ensemble drama about families and the effects of combat on the complicated relationships between fathers and sons, Jayne Mansfield’s Car looks at two colorful clans in 1969. Brought together by the death of a woman who was married, first to the Alabaman Jim Caldwell (Robert Duvall) and then to the British Kingsley Bedford (John Hurt), her families meet for the first time at the Caldwells’ home with uneasy curiosity. The culture clash of the Sixties, and of the Old World versus the Old South, become a backdrop for the Caldwells’ and the Bedfords’ heartfelt and sometimes hilarious struggles with long-held resentments, family rivalries and secrets, and the memories of war and how it shaped them all.
Producers on “Jayne Mansfield’s Car” are Alexander Rodnyansky and Geyer Kosinski. Executive producers are Sergei Bespalov, James D. Brubaker and Robert Teitel.
The deal was brokered by Graham Taylor at WME Global, Aldamisa International COO Jere Hausfater and Kevin Kasha, executive VP worldwide acquisitions and co-productions for Anchor Bay Films.