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Cannes: Jim Broadbent to Star in Budding Indian Auteur Ritesh Batra’s ‘Sense of an Ending’

Cannes: Jim Broadbent to Star in Budding Indian Auteur Ritesh Batra's 'Sense of an Ending'

Ritesh Batra nabbed attention at Cannes 2013 with his Critics’ Week drama “The Lunchbox,” released by Sony Pictures Classics in February 2014 and a 2015 BAFT nominee. Now the Indian director is returning to the Croisette with Cannes market title “The Sense of an Ending,” lifted from Julian Barnes’ Booker Prize-winning novel. Jim Broadbent is attached to star.

Penned by Nick Payne, whose Broadway play “Constellations” led by Jake Gyllenhaal got a Tony nomination, the film follows a retired man who receives an unexpected letter from a lawyer that forces him to confront his own past — and unfulfilling present — including the suicide of his childhood best friend. The film marks Payne’s first screenplay.

FilmNation, which has a spate of Cannes market titles this year including films from Tom Ford and Pedro Almodovar, holds worldwide rights and will co-finance with BBC Films. Origin Pictures’ David Thompson (“Woman in Gold”) and Ed Rubin are producers.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported this news.

READ MORE: “The Lunchbox” Review and Roundup

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