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October 19, 2010 7:35 AM
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Adaptation of Hemingway's Last Comes to Roadside

An image from John Irvin's "Hemingway's Garden of Eden." [Film still courtesy of Roadside Attractions]

John Irvin's "Hemingway's Garden of Eden," an adaptation of Hemingway's last (posthumously published) novel, starring Mena Suvari, Jack Huston, Caterina Murino, Richard E. Grant, Matthew Modine, and Carmen Maura, will get a US release through Roadside Attractions December 10, 2010. The novel was adapted for the screen by Paris Review editor James Scott Linville.

"Garden of Eden" is a jazz-age steamy romance that follows a young writer, David Bourne (Huston) rumored to be a semi-autobiographical version of Hemingway himself, as he sets out with his wife, Catherine, (Suvari) on their European honeymoon. Catherine, restless as ever, tries to spice things up on the trip by bringing an Italian woman into their relationship.

Roadside Co-President Howard Cohen noted, “Ernest Hemingway is one of a handful of genius writers whose work leaps from the page to the screen brilliantly, and his Garden of Eden is lush and vibrant, in the tradition of other great Hemingway adaptations like 'The Sun Also Rises.'”

The acquisition deal was negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers by Tranquil Seas' Ian Jessel and Tim Johnson and Emily MacKintosh of Field Fisher Waterhouse, and attorney Greg Bernstein on behalf of Roadside Attractions.

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