By Brian Brooks | Indiewire January 15, 2010 at 7:32AM
U.S. rights to Oscar-winning filmmaker Neil Jordan's "Ondine" have been picked up by Magnolia Pictures. The NYC-based Wagner/Cuban Companies distributor will release the film early this summer as part of Magnolia's Ultra VOD program, debuting on video on demand systems nationwide a month prior to its theatrical release. Magnolia SVP Tom Quinn and VP of Acquisitions Dori Begley negotiated the deal with CAA, which also packaged the project, and Ben Browning from Wayfare Entertainment.
Starring Colin Farrell, Stephen Rea, and newcomer Alicja Bachleda in the title role, "Ondine" centers on Syracuse (Farrell), a lonely fisherman who one day pulls a beautiful woman named Ondine (Bachleda) out of the sea in his nets. His young daughter Annie is convinced that she is a "selkie" --a creature from Irish folklore much like a mermaid. Syracuse has his doubts, but as Ondine brings some luck and joy to his otherwise downcast life, he starts to come around as well.
"'Ondine' is an incredibly charming work from one of our most original filmmakers," commented Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles in a statement. "Colin Farrell's performance is fantastic and we're confident American audiences will fall in love with Ondine."
Upcoming Magnolia/Magnet releases include Bong Joon-Ho's "Mother," Luca Guadagnino's "I Am Love," Oscar-winner Alex Gibney's "Casino Jack and the United States of Money," Conor McPherson's "The Eclipse" and Dagur Kari's "The Good Heart."