By Andy Lauer | Indiewire December 18, 2009 at 9:27AM
Shana Feste’s "The Greatest," starring Pierce Brosnan, Susan Sarandon, and Carey Mulligan, will be released theatrically by Paladin, the company's President and CEO Mark Urman said Friday. Plans are for a late March initial release, then followed by an early April expansion. National Entertainment Media will handle all post-theatrical rights.
Written and directed by Feste, in her feature directorial debut, "The Greatest" tells the story of Allen and Grace Brewer, a grief-stricken couple whose family has been pushed to the breaking point by the death of their older son, Bennett, in a car crash. When a young woman, Rose, shows up a few months later announcing that she is pregnant with Bennett’s child, the Brewer’s are forced to take her in. At first, Rose’s presence threatens to tear the family even further apart but, eventually, her interaction with each of the Brewers proves to be the very thing that brings them back together.
"We believe that Paladin and NEM, our innovative all media distribution team, will do a terrific job getting the film out to the widest possible audience," said Feste in a statement. “I am thrilled that Mark Urman’s Paladin and NEM are releasing my first feature as they have demonstrated the sort of passion and commitment to the movie that makes a filmmaker feel in safe hands.”
Paladin, formed by veteran independent distributor Urman this past summer, next releases Tennessee Williams’ “The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond,” starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Evans, Ellen Burstyn and Ann-Margret on December 30. In February, the company will open Jeb Stuart’s epic civil rights drama “Blood Done Sign My Name,” starring Nate Parker and Rick Schroder, and Bette Gordon’s “Handsome Harry,” starring Jamey Sheridan, Steve Buscemi, Campbell Scott, Aidan Quinn and John Savage, will be released in April.