The Toronto Film Festival’s latest big buy is Roadside Attractions’ acquisition of U.S. and Canadian rights to critics’ fave “Lady Macbeth,” starring breakout star Florence Pugh (“The Falling”) in a 19th-century take on the Shakespeare character.
William Oldroyd’s feature debut, programmed in TIFF’s Platform section, was adapted by playwright Alice Birch from Nikolai Leskov’s 1865 novella “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District.” Set in rural 1865 England, “Lady Macbeth” follows Katherine (Pugh) through her stifling marriage to an older man who falls in love with one of her husband’s estate workers.
Sixty Six Pictures
Distributors huddled after the film’s world premiere screening last week. Produced by Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly, “Lady Macbeth” is a Sixty Six Pictures and iFeatures production, a Creative England, BBC Films and BFI presentation in association with Oldgarth Media. The cast also includes Cosmo Jarvis, Paul Hilton, Naomi Ackie, and Christopher Fairbank.
One of six movies screening at TIFF backed by British sales and production company Protagonist Pictures, “Lady Macbeth” was sold by CEO Mike Goodridge and Head of Worldwide Sales Vanessa Saal. Others on the Protagonist slate include Andrea Arnold’s Cannes hit “American Honey” (A24), Midnight selection “Free Fire,” Michael Fassbender vehicle “Trespass Against Us,” Eleanor Coppola’s escapist travel romance “Paris Can Wait,” starring Diane Lane, and “City Of Tiny Lights.”
This year, Roadside released James Schamus’s “Indignation,” the Obama romance “Southside with You,” the Whit Stillman Amazon hit “Love & Friendship” (also backed by Protagonist), and Sally Field word-of-mouth sleeper “Hello, My Name is Doris.” Screening well at TIFF was another film released in partnership with Amazon, Kenneth Lonergan’s tearjerker “Manchester by the Sea,” which is looking good for some Oscar nominations.
“Lady Macbeth” is slated for release in 2017, Roadside confirmed.