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Aisling Walsh’s ‘Maudie’ Acquired by Sony Pictures Classics

Maudie Telluride
Courtesy of Telluride Film Festival

Sony Pictures Classics announced Friday that it has acquired rights to Aisling Walsh’s biopic about Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis, “Maudie.”

The studio’s acquisition extends to the U.S. and multiple international territories including the U.K. and Latin America.

Starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke, “Maudie” is a romantic story about a reclusive man who hires a determined woman to be his housekeeper. Sherry White wrote the script.

In his review for Variety at the Telluride Film Festival where the film premiered, critic Peter Debruge wrote, “Sally Hawkins delves past Maud Lewis’ arthritis-stricken exterior to capture the inner spirit of the Canadian folk artist in this modest biopic.”

“I am delighted that Sony Pictures Classics have come on board to distribute “Maudie,” Walsh said. “They have an amazing record of bringing indie films to the widest audience possible and I am so excited to be working with them.”

“Maudie” was produced by Bob Cooper, Mary Young Leckie, Susan Mullen and Mary Sexton. Executive producer credits go to Heather Haldane, Hussain Amarshi, Alan Moloney, Johanna Hogan, Mark Roberts, Sheldon Rabinowitz, Ross Jacobson, Tyler Mitchell and Ed Riche. The film is a co-production between Rink Rat, Screen Door and Parallel Films.

The deal was negotiated between CAA, Mongrel International and Sony Pictures Classics.