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Thesp stars in Russian costume drama

Paris-based arthouse shingle Rezo has come on board to co-produce, distribute and handle international sales on Ralph Fiennes starrer “Two Women,” a Russian costume drama that will be helmed by Vera Glagoleva.

Now in pre-production, the pic is based on a play by Russian writer Ivan Turgenev. Set in the Russian countryside at the end of the 19th century, drama turns on the wife of a rich landowner who falls in love with her son’s tutor.

“Ralph Fiennes is the Hollywood star who stars in a Russian film, and that’s speaks volume about the universal quality of the script and the creative vision of Vera Glagoleva,” said Laurent Danielou, managing director at Rezo.

French thesp Sylvie Testud (“La Vie en Rose”) has also joined the cast.

Pic is produced Russia’s Horosho Prod.,U.K. distributor Soda Pictures and UK producer David P. Kelly, GVI Group, JPS. Russian Cinema Fund is also backing the pic.

Rezo will relase the pic in France and Soda will distribute it in the U.K.

A producer, distributor and sales agents specialized in upscale arthouse films, Rezo works with a large pool of international auteurs, including Marco Bellocchio with “La Monaca,” Catherine Breillat with “Abuse of Weakness,” Enzo d’Alo with “Pinocchio” and Shinji Aoyama with “Backwater” — all of which are part of Rezo’s Cannes slate.

Rezo is also presenting Serge Bozon’s dramedy “Tip Top,” a buzzed-about comedy starring Isabelle Huppert and Francois Damiens, at Directors’ Fortnight ; and hosted the market screening of Patrick Rotman’s “Being President” a close-up look at Francois Holland’s presidential campaign which was has received top reviews, including in Variety.

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