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Magnolia Takes Sexy Robert Pattinson Drama 'Bel Ami' For Summer Release

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire March 12, 2012 at 6:15PM

Magnolia Pictures has acquired period drama "Bel Ami" for a June 8th U.S. theatrical release, it was announced today.
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Bel Ami Robert Pattinson

Magnolia Pictures has acquired period drama "Bel Ami" for a June 8th U.S. theatrical release, it was announced today.

Starring Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas and Christina Ricci, the film had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival last month. It retells Guy de Maupassant's tale of social climbing in 19th century Paris, with Pattinson starring as a young seducer to takes advantage of some influential Parisian ladies (Thurman, Thomas, Ricci).

The deal was negotiated for Magnolia by SVP of Acquisitions Dori Begley and Head of Business Affairs Chris Matson with SPWA’s EVP of Business Affairs Michael Helfand and VP Acquisitions and Distribution Tana Evans.

Full press release below.

New York – (March 12, 2012) – The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures announced today the June 8th U.S. theatrical release of BEL AMI, starring Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci, and Colm Meaney. BEL AMI had its World Premiere as an Official Selection of last month’s  62nd Berlin International Film Festival.  
 
In this sexy retelling of Guy de Maupassant’s classic tale of blackmail, manipulation, and social-climbing, set against 19th century Paris, Pattinson stars as the young and very ambitious George Duroy, who discovers that his unadulterated passion and seduction skills with influential Parisian ladies (Ricci, Thurman, and Thomas), above-all, is the fastest and most effective way to the upper echelons of the society he so desperately wants to control.
 
Directed by Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, the film was written by Rachel Bennette, produced by Uberto Pasolini (The Full Monty), and Simon Fuller of XIX Entertainment (“American Idol,” “So You Think You Can Dance”) executive produced.
 
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) will handle all other U.S. media.
 
“BEL AMI is a well-crafted, appealing film with a terrific ensemble cast,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “We think it’s a great fit for our Ultra VOD program.”
 
The deal was negotiated for Magnolia by SVP of Acquisitions Dori Begley and Head of Business Affairs Chris Matson with SPWA’s EVP of Business Affairs Michael Helfand and VP Acquisitions and Distribution Tana Evans.
 
About Magnolia Pictures
Magnolia Pictures (www.magpictures.com <http://www.magpictures.com/> ) is the theatrical and home entertainment distribution arm of the Wagner/Cuban Companies, a vertically-integrated group of media properties co-owned by Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban. Recent releases include Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia, Page One: Inside the New York Times, French thriller Point Blank, Blackthorn, starring Sam Shepard as Butch Cassidy, Andrew Jarecki’s All Good Things, and Luca Guadagnino’s I Am Love. Magnolia's upcoming releases include Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz, Julie Delpy’s 2 Days in New York, Craig Zobel’s Compliance, Lauren Greenfield’s The Queen of Versailles, Ry Russo-Young’s Nobody Walks, Fernando Meirelles’360, The Hunter, starring Willem Dafoe, David Gelb’sJiro Dreams of Sushi, Jo Nesbo’s Headhunters, Bradley Rust Gray’s Jack & Diane, and many more.

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