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"Victoria" Joins "Tree of Life," "Bright Star" on Apparition Slate

A scene from Jean-Marc Vallee's "The Young Victoria," which will be released in the US by Apparition.

Apparition, the recently formed distribution company headed by Bill Pohlad and Bob Berney, will release Jean-Marc Vallée's "The Young Victoria" in the US on November 13. The announcement was made jointly by Apparition, GK Films, which produced the film, and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group, which will handle all domestic ancillary rights.

The film tell the story of the turbulent first years of the reign of Queen Victoria, played by Emily Blunt, and her romance with Prince Albert (Rupert Friend). The film also features Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson, and Jim Broadbent. As indieWIRE previously reported, "The Young Victoria" is set to close the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

“Emily Blunt delivers a breakthrough performance in her first starring role," said Apparition CEO Bob Berney in a statement. "This love story, set amongst all the intrigue of the court, has one of the finest supporting ensemble casts I’ve seen. Graham King [president of GK Films] has done an amazing job putting the film together and it’s an honor to be working with him and the team at GK Films, as well as everyone at Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group.”

Apparition's formation was formally announced last week. The company is headed by former Picturehouse chief Bob Berney and producer Bill Pohlad, of River Road. Apparition is also set to release Terrence Malick's latest, "The Tree of Life," starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, and Jane Campion’s Cannes entry, “Bright Star," later this year.

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