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Toronto Acquisition: Goldwyn Sashays to “Diana Vreeland”

Toronto Acquisition: Goldwyn Sashays to "Diana Vreeland"

North American rights to “Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel” by Lisa Immordino Vreeland have been picked up by Samuel Goldwyn Films, the company said from Toronto Friday. The portrait of the fifty year reign of the “Empress of Fashion” will have a 2012 release.

Full acquisition release follows:

Samuel Goldwyn Films proudly announced today that it has acquired all North American rights to DIANA VREELAND: THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland, the wife of the late icon’s grandson. This is her first film.

DIANA VREELAND: THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL is an intimate portrait and a vibrant celebration of one of the most influential women of the 20th century, an enduring icon whose influence changed the face of fashion, beauty, art, publishing and culture forever. During her fifty year reign as the “Empress of Fashion,” she launched Twiggy, advised Jackie O and coined some of fashion’s most eloquent proverbs such as “the bikini is the biggest thing since the atom bomb.” She was the fashion editor of HARPER’S BAZAAR where she worked for 25 years before becoming editor in chief of VOGUE followed by a remarkable stint at the Met’s Costume Institute where she helped popularize its historical collections.

Goldwyn has slated a 2012 release.

Immordino Vreeland’s co-directors on the film are Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt and Frederic Tcheng both of whom edited VALENTINO: THE LAST EMPEROR. Gloss Studio, Jonathan Gray and Mark Lee executive produced.

According to Samuel Goldwyn, Jr.: “Our team fell in love with this film and we had to have it. Lisa has done a remarkable job capturing Mrs. Vreeland’s unique voice and magical life allowing Vreeland herself to guide us through her own fashionating adventures. We can’t wait to bring this delightfully inspirational film to audiences everywhere.”

“I am so happy to have Samuel Goldwyn Films distribute the film. They are steeped in tradition and truly understand Mrs. Vreeland’s world. I know the film is in the best possible hands and I couldn’t be more pleased,” said Immordino Vreeland.

Peter Goldwyn, Goldwyn’s Head of Acquisitions and Ian Puente, Goldwyn’s VP Business Development and General Counsel negotiated on behalf of Goldwyn with Josh Braun and David Koh of Submarine on behalf of the filmmaker.

Samuel Goldwyn Films is a major, independently owned and operated motion-picture company that develops, produces and distributes innovative feature films and documentaries. The company is dedicated to working with both world renowned and emerging writers/filmmakers and committed to filmed entertainment that offers original voices in uniquely told stories. This is best exemplified by the Academy Award® nominated THE SQUID AND THE WHALE and SUPER SIZE ME, AMAZING GRACE and Julie Delpy’s hit comedy 2 DAYS IN PARIS. Past Goldwyn titles include PRICELESS, a romantic comedy starring Audrey Tautou, Academy Award® winner Claude Lelouch’s ROMAN DE GARE, the critically hailed ELEGY starring Academy Award® nominee Penélope Cruz, HARRY BROWN starring Michael Caine and the box office smash FIREPROOF. MAO’S LAST DANCER, directed by Academy Award nominee Bruce Beresford was one of the top grossing independent films of 2010. In addition to THE DOUBLE HOUR, this year’s slate includes THE WHISTLEBLOWER, a powerful, ripped from the headlines thriller starring Academy Award® winner Rachel Weisz that premiered at last year’s Toronto Film Festival and is currently in theaters.

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