LONDON — German distributor SquareOne Entertainment has acquired all German-speaking European rights, excluding Switzerland, to Simon Curtis’ historical drama “Woman in Gold” from The Weinstein Company. The film will have its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, where it debuts as a Berlinale Special Gala.
Pic stars Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds and Daniel Bruhl. Also in the cast are Charles Dance, Elizabeth McGovern, Katie Holmes and Max Irons.
Playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell wrote the screenplay. Pic is produced by David M. Thompson for Origin Pictures and Kris Thykier. It is executive produced by Harvey and Bob Weinstein for The Weinstein Company, and BBC Films’ Christine Langan.
“Woman in Gold” is the true story of a woman’s fight to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family. Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann (Mirren), starts her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt’s painting “The Lady in Gold.”
Together with her inexperienced but plucky young lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Reynolds), she embarks on a major battle that takes them all the way to the heart of the Austrian establishment and the U.S. Supreme Court, and forces her to confront difficult truths about the past along the way.
SquareOne’s past releases have included “The Imitation Game,” “All Is Lost,” “Philomena” and “Yves Saint Laurent.”
Upcoming films include “Jane Got a Gun,” starring Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor; “Unlocked,” starring Orlando Bloom and Noomi Rapace; Noah Baumbach’s “While We’re Young,” starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts; “Boychoir,” starring Dustin Hoffman; and Eli Roth’s “Knock Knock,” starring Keanu Reeves.