First Look buys ‘Line’

Arthouse distributor First Look Pictures Releasing has acquired all North American rights to “Antonia’s Line,” written and directed by Dutch helmer Marlene Gorris (see review, page 81).

The film, which premiered at an all-female screening in the market at Cannes, spans 50 tumultuous years in the life of a strong-willed, independent woman and her equally singular daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter.

It stars veteran Dutch actress Willeke van Ammelrooy, and was produced by Hans de Weers and co-produced by Antonino Lombardo and Judy Counihan.

The deal was brokered by Carole Myer of the London-based sales company, which is handling international sales on the film.

“Antonia’s Line” is the fourth pic from Gorris, who specializes in challenging dramas about sexual politics, such as 1982’s “Broken Mirrors,” set in an Amsterdam brothel.

“Gorris has always demonstrated an interesting take on male/female sexual politics, and with ‘Antonia’s Line’ she does it in a very entertaining yet provocative way,” said Ellen Little, president of Overseas Filmgroup/First Look Pictures Releasing.

She added that First Look has “a history of successfully showcasing and launching female directors.” The film is likely to open stateside this fall.

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