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‘The Leisure Seeker’: Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Paolo Virzì’s Drama Starring Helen Mirren

The film also co-stars Donald Sutherland and is currently in production.

Helen Mirren


Paolo Virzì’s most recent film “Like Crazy” was screened in the Directors’ Fortnight at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Now, currently in production on his latest drama, Sony Pictures Classics announced that it has acquired the rights in the US, Latin America, Asia (excluding Japan), Eastern Europe, Portugal and South Africa to his movie “The Leisure Seeker,” starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland.

“‘The Leisure Seeker’ looks to be a major 2017 find. This is a rich story that promises career best performances from Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland,” the studio commented. “We look forward to bringing Paolo Virzi’s film to audiences in the United States and around the world.”

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Written by Francesca Archibugi, Francesco Piccolo, Stephen Amidon and Virzì, the drama is inspired by Michael Zadoorian’s novel of the same name. This film centers around a runaway couple as they go on an unforgettable cross-country journey in their vintage camper to escape the suffocating care of their doctors and grown children, while recapturing their passion for life and love for one another.

The film is produced by Indiana Production’s Fabrizio Donvito, Benedetto Habib, and Marco Cohen, alongside Rai Cinema. Executive producers include Indiana Production’s Alessandro Mascheroni, Dov Mamann and Daniel Campos Pavoncelli, as well as David Grumbach, Mathieu Robinet, and Gilles Sousa of BAC Films.

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“The Leisure Seeker” is Virzì’s first movie shot entirely in the US. The Italian director is known for his films “La bella vita,” “Hardboiled Egg,” “The First Beautiful Thing” and “Every Blessed Day.” 

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