Another Cannes entry has found a buyer: CBS Films has acquired U.S. rights to Tony-winning director Matthew Warchus’s “Pride” and is wasting no time opening the well-reviewed dramatic comedy starring Bill Nighy (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”), Imelda Staunton (“Maleficent”), Dominic West (“The Hour)” and Paddy Considine (“Submarine”). The film played well at Directors’ Fortnight. CBS Films, which mounted an ambitious awards campaign for last year’s “Inside Llewyn Davis,” will release the film in theaters on September 19th.
Directed by Warchus (“Simpatico”) from a screenplay by actor-turned-writer Stephen Beresford inspired by a true story, “Pride” is set in the summer of 1984, when Margaret Thatcher was in charge and the National Union of Mineworkers was on strike. When London gay and lesbian activists raise money to support the strikers’ families, the Union initially rebuffs them. So the activists travel to a Welsh mining village, where the two groups find strength in unity.
“Pride” was produced by David Livingstone with Cameron McCracken, Christine Langan and Natascha Wharton as executive producers. Pathé distributes the film in the UK and France; Pathe International has sold the film throughout the rest of the world.