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Sycamore picks up ‘Storm’

Will release Fred Schepisi drama in U.S. in April

Newly minted Sycamore Entertainment Group has acquired U.S. rights to Fred Schepisi’s family drama “The Eye of the Storm,” starring Geoffrey Rush, Charlotte Rampling and Judy Davis.

Sycamore, which launched during the American Film Market, made the announcement Tuesday. It plans an April 20 theatrical release in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.

“Eye” is financed by the Australia Broadcasting Corp., Screen Australia, Film Victoria, Ingenious and Omnilab and produced by Antony Waddington, Gregory Read and Schepisi. Exec producers are Jonathan Shteinman, Edward Simpson, Bob Marcs and James Vernon.

Judy Morris penned the screenplay based on the 1973 novel by Australian author Patrick White, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature the same year. Story’s focused on the powerful matriarch of a family — portrayed by Rampling — and those who come to bid her farewell at her deathbed.

Helen Morse and Alexandra Schepisi also star.

“Eye” won the Age Critics’ Award at the Melbourne Film Festival and the Premiere Special Jury Prize at the Rome Film Festival. It received a dozen noms for the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards, which will be announced Jan. 31.

Sycamore CEO Edward Sylvan negotiated the deal with Robbie Little of the Little Film Co., which handles world sales for the film.

Sycamore entered the distribution game in November, acquiring U.S. rights to Tammi Sutton’s horror film “Isle of Dogs.”

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