Alejandro Amenabar‘s latest, “Agora,” has landed at Focus Features International, the company announced this afternoon in Cannes. A English-language historical epic set in Roman Egypt in the 4th century AD, the film stars Rachel Weisz and is currently in production in Malta. Focus’ deal includes worldwide rights with the exception of Spain and North America, joining the company’s slate here at the Marche du Film.
Weisz stars as real-life Hypatia of Alexandria, the Western world’s first female astronomer and philosopher. Also in the cast are Max Minghella, Oscar Isaac, Ashraf Barhom, Michael Lonsdale, Rupert Evans, and Homayoun Ershadi. Amenabar co-wrote the film with frequent collaborator Mateo Gil and it produced by Amenabar’s longtime producer Fernando Bovaira. Spain’s Telecinco Cinema is the primary producer of the movie with Fernando Bovaira’s Mod Producciones and Amenabar’s Himenoptero, with the participation of Sogecable.
Focus is in Cannes with a slate of projects that includes the latest from Fernando Meirelles (“Blindness“), Lucretia Martel (“La mujer sin cabeza“), Jim Jarmusch (“The Limits of Control“), Pedro Almodovar (“Broken Embraces“), Gus Van Sant (“Milk“), Sam Mendes’s untitled comedy, and The Coen Brothers (“Burn After Reading“). [Eugene Hernandez]