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Toronto: Mia Wasikowska’s ‘Madame Bovary’ Picked Up for U.S. Distribution

Millennium Entertainment has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Sophie Barthes’ “Madame Bovary,” starring Mia Wasikowska in the title role.

Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans, Ezra Miller, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Logan Marshall-Green and Laura Carmichael also star. Felipe Marino adapted the screenplay from Gustave Flaubert’s classic novel of the same name with Barthes.

The film — the 10th cinematic adaptation of Flaubert’s French drama — made its world debut in Telluride and will play at the Toronto Film Festival on Wednesday.

Wasikowska stars as Emma Bovary, who dreams of a finer life than the one she has on her father’s pig farm and soon discovers that marrying Mr. Charles Bovary does not make this possible.

Occupant Entertainment’s Marino and Joe Neurauter produced the film in association with Barthes through her Aden Film banner and Aleph Motion Pictures’ Jaime Mateus-Tique. Funding came from VP Finance and Prescience with Tim Smith and Paul Brett taking exec producer credits as well as Scope Pictures, Genevieve Lemal and A Company Filmproduktion’s Alexander van Dulmen and Kai Kunnemann.

WME Global is handling the U.S. rights to the film with Mimi Steinbauer of Radiant Films International handling foreign sales.

Bill Lee negotiated the deal on behalf of Millennium Entertainment while WME Global negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers.

Millennium Entertainment and Virgo Investment Group recently partnered to acquire the Millennium Entertainment catalog assets and film distribution platform but the company has not changed its name yet.

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