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‘School’ charms Goldwyn

'Squid, 'Water' next up for the distributor

NEW YORK — Distributor Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired North American rights to writer-helmer Randall Miller’s feature “Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School,” which made its world preem at Sundance.

Pic, which stars Robert Carlyle, Marisa Tomei, John Goodman, Mary Steenburgen, Sean Astin, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny DeVito, is based on a short film Miller and his wife, Jody Savin, created 15 years ago.

Plot concerns a baker (Carlyle) who spots a car wreck and discovers a barely alive driver (Goodman). Good Samaritan is told to keep the victim talking until an ambulance arrives, and begins getting the stranger’s life story, as told in flashbacks. Turns out that the victim was on his way to rekindle a missed romance that has haunted him for 40 years.

David Paymer, Adam Arkin, Sonia Braga, Ernie Hudson, Miguel Sandoval, Elden Henson and Camryn Manheim also star.

Miller and Savin produced, with Morris Ruskin and Eileen Craft. Art Klein, Ronald Savin, Eduardo Castro, Carlos Gidi, Kevin Reidy, Lon Bender and Jeffrey Lampert exec produced. Randi Hiller and Sarah Finn were co-producers on the pic.

Goldwyn is eyeing a late summer rollout.

Pact was brokered by Goldwyn’s Meyer Gottlieb and Peter Goldwyn. Pic’s rights were repped by CAA and Shoreline Entertainment.

Also upcoming for Goldwyn are Noah Baumbach’s “The Squid and the Whale” and Eytan Fox’s “Walk on Water.”

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