LONDON — Metrodome Distribution has acquired U.K. and Irish rights, excluding TV, to Terence Davies’ “Sunset Song.”
The film stars Agyness Deyn, who is set to appear in the Coen brothers’ forthcoming “Hail, Caesar,” Peter Mullan (“Tyrannosaur,” “War Horse”) and Kevin Guthrie (“The Legend of Barney Thomson,” “Sunshine on Leith”). It will receive its world premiere as a Special Presentation at the Toronto Film Festival, and will also feature in competition at the San Sebastian Film Festival. Metrodome will release the film in the final quarter of this year.
The pic is based on the novel by Scottish writer Lewis Grassic Gibbon. Set in a rural Scottish community, it centers on a young woman, Chris (Deyn), and her passion for life, the unsettled Ewan (Guthrie) and the unforgiving land. The impact of the World War II is felt from a distance, bringing the rapidly changing modern world to bear on this community in the harshest possible way.
Fortissimo Films is handling international sales on the movie. The deal was negotiated between Nicole Mackey, Fortissimo’s executive VP of international sales, and Metrodome’s head of acquisitions, Giles Edwards, and managing director, Jezz Vernon. Edwards described the film as a “remarkably performed, boldly realized and exquisitely poignant adaptation.”
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“Sunset Song” is produced by Hurricane Films’ Roy Boulter and Sol Papadopoulos, Iris Productions’ Nicolas Steil and executive produced by SellOutPictures’ Bob Last. The BBC holds U.K. TV rights.