Monterey Media has acquired all U.S. rights to “Leonie,” from director Hisako Matsui. The company plans a winter theatrical release.
Emily Mortimer, Christina Hendricks and Shidô Nakamura star in the real-life-based story of journalist-educator Leonie Gilmour and Japanese poet Yone Noguchi, who fall in love and bear a son who becomes famous artist and architect Isamu Noguchi. The film began a festival run in 2010.
Matsui, who adapted the screenplay with David Wiener from Masayo Duus’ biography, produced the movie with Ashok Amritraj, Masao Nagai, Yuuki Itoh, Patrick Aiello, Joyce Jun, Shuichi Fukatsu and Manu Gargi.
ICM Partners, which reps Mortimer, negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.
Monterey recently released “Road to Nowhere” and “Take Me Home.” “Bringing Up Bobby” comes out later this month.