Rachel Weisz starrer "The Whisteblower" has been picked by Samuel Goldwyn Films for U.S. distribution, two months after it's premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Directed by first time filmmaker Larysa Kondracki, the film boasts a cast that includes Vanessa Redgrave, Monica Bellucci and David Strathairn. Goldwyn is targeting an August, 2011 release.
Inspired by actual events, Weisz plays a Nebraskan police officer who takes a job working as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. Her hopes to do good and rebuild the devastated country are crushed when she uncovers corruptness at the hands of private contractors and multinational diplomats.
Samuel Goldwyn Films’ President Meyer Gottlieb is a fan, stating in a press release: "I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen. Not only does Rachel give an exceptional performance, but, the fast paced, riveting storyline had me hooked from the opening scene. We are thrilled to have this film on our slate."
Kondracki shared in a release why she decided to go with the company: "I was thrilled to hear the passion from everyone at Samuel Goldwyn Films about the movie. They are genuinely excited to get it out there which is what we all set out to do. We have a great story, and now the right partner to get it to a broad audience."
Peter Goldwyn, Goldwyn’s VP of Acquisitions negotiated the deal with Rena Ronson of UTA on behalf of the filmmakers.