Roadside Attractions Dons "Ladies in Lavender" for Spring U.S. Release
by Brian Brooks
Roadside Attractions has acquired U.S. theatrical rights to Charles Dance's Toronto 2004 film, "Ladies in Lavender" starring Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith, the company announced Monday. Sundance Channel Home Entertaiment will handle home video rights for the film, which closed the recent Palm Springs International Film Festival. Roadside's Howard Cohen and Deirdre Kurzenberger negotiated the deal with Peter Rogers, president of Lakeshore International. The film is slated for a spring 2005 theatrical release.
The film follows the story of two sisters, Janet (Smith) and Ursula Widdington (Dench) who live in a small coastal town in Cornwall, England just prior to the outbreak of World War II. Following a violent storm, the two discover a young man washed ashore and badly injured. Andrea, played by "Good Bye, Lenin!" star Daniel Bruhl, is taken in by the women invoking Ursula's feelings of longing and Janet's maternal instinct, while also raising some suspicion and fear in the town where weariness about war is rising.
"We fell in love with this charming film, which gives audiences a rare chance to see these two beloved British 'Dames' share the screen," commented Cohen in a statement. The film opened in the U.K. last November by Entertainment Film Distributors, and has grossed $5 million to date.
Upcoming films from Roadside include Eytan Fox's acclaimed political thriller "Walk on Water," starring Lior Ashkenazi ("Late Marriage"). Current releases include "What the Bleep Do We Know?" Recent films include the award-winning documentary "Super Size Me" by Morgan Spurlock, Jim de Seve's moving same-sex marriage documentary "Tying the Knot" and Gabriele Muccino's "Remember Me My Love."