Focus Features snapped up North American rights to actor-turned-director Alan Rickman’s “A Little Chaos” at TIFF. This romantic drama stars Winslet as a steely landscape designer who breaks sexual and class barriers when she’s chosen to build one of King Louis XIV’s gardens at the new Versailles. Sabine also finds herself entangled romantically with renowned landscape architect Andre Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts).
Costarring Jennifer Ehle and Stanley Tucci, “Chaos” suffered middling reviews at Toronto but still looks intriguingly whimsical, and Winslet is always watchable. Financed by Lionsgate UK and penned by Alison Deegan, Jeremy Brock and Rickman, the period romance will have its stateside premiere on March 27, 2015.
What this does reveal is that the new Focus under Peter Schlessel wants to stay in the business of releasing this sort of higher brow material.