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Miramax has ‘Georgia’ on its mind

Miramax Films acquired North American distribution rights from Ciby 2000 to Ulu Grosbard’s “Georgia.”

The movie, which stars Jennifer Jason Leigh and is scripted by the actress’s mother Barbara Turner, recently took the Montreal Film Festival’s Grand Prize of the Americas for best picture. Leigh nabbed a best actress award at the fest. “Georgia” also grabbed some attention at the Cannes Film Festival last spring.

The purchase was announced in a joint statement by Miramax co-chairmen Harvey and Bob Weinstein and Ciby 2000 chairman Jean-Francois Fonlupt. The pact reprises similar deals between the two companies on “The Piano” and “Muriel’s Wedding.”

The Weinsteins said they were “deeply moved by the emotionally charged narrative and impressed with the film’s extraordinary performances.”

Film is about a love-hate relationship between two sisters. In addition to Leigh, “Georgia” stars Mare Winningham, Ted Levine and Max Perlich, and is produced by Grosbard, Turn and Jason Leigh. Ben Barenholtz exec produced.

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