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Here is the latest update in regards to Saoirse in Violet & Daisy. Cinedigm has acquired US rights for the movie!
Violet & Daisy, the first movie directed by Geoffrey Fletcher, who won an Oscar for his adaptation of the 2009 movie Precious, has been acquired for North American distribution by Cinedigm Entertainment.
Cinedigm is planning a theatrical release in 2013 followed by release on ancillary platforms including video on demand, digital and DVD.
Violet & Daisy, which Fletcher also wrote, is an action comedy about a pair of hit girls – played by Gilmore Girls’ Alexis Bledel and Irish actress Saoirse Ronan, an Oscar nominee for Atonement. The Sopranos star James Gandolfini plays a sad sack character who they are sent to kill.
The Hollywood Reporter, reviewing it out of the Toronto Film Festival where it premiered, described it as something “spun out of a Tarantino movie.”
“Geoffrey has once again created a uniquely profound coming-of-age story that effortlessly mixes gritty realism with pop culture fantasies,” said Vincent Scordino, vice president of acquisitions, theatrical for Cinedigm. “It’s a film that will inspire other artists, while satisfying audiences across the country via a variety of delivery platforms.”
“Cinedigm’s formidable team and innovative spirit are great for cinema and a perfect match for Violet & Daisy.” said Fletcher.
The filmmakers were represented by GreeneStreet Films and CAA, while Scordino negotiated on behalf of Cinedigm Entertainment, a division of Cinedigm Digital Corp.
Saoirse has been cast to star in The Grand Budapest Hotel
Having established herself as one of the leading dramatic actresses of her generation with turns in “Atonement” and “The Lovely Bones,” Saoirse Ronan is looking to try her hand at lighter fare, as she’s set to play the female lead in Wes Anderson’s next movie “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”
As Variety first reported, Ralph Fiennes will star in the period pic alongside Jude Law and Anderson regulars Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman, among others. While Anderson is fond of working with the same troupe of actors, he has actively recruited international thesps he’s never worked with before such as Fiennes, Law and now Irish thesp Ronan.
The director has said that the story, set 85 years ago in a Hungarian hotel, is partly inspired by the witty films of Billy Wilder and Ernst Lubitsch (“The Shop Around the Corner”).
Anderson is producing the Euro-set pic with his “Moonrise Kingdom” collaborators Scott Rudin and Steven Rales of Indian Paintbrush. Production is skedded to start early next year in Germany.
Ronan, who was nominated for an Oscar at the age of 13 for her supporting perf in “Atonement,” will next be seen in Andrew Niccol’s adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling novel “The Host,” which Open Road Films will release March 29. Thesp is attached to star in Working Title’s drama “Mary Queen of Scots” and most recently wrapped Kevin Macdonald’s “How I Live Now,” while Neil Jordan’s “Byzantium” and Geoffrey Fletcher’s “Violet & Daisy” are awaiting release.
The Kerry Film Festival is presenting the Maureen O’Hara Award for women who have excelled in film to the Irish actress Saoirse Ronan.
The festival which runs from October 9 to 25 will showcase new short films from Kerry and Ireland, opening with the acclaimed Pilgrim Hill, winner of the Bingham Ray New Talent Award at the Galway Film Fleadh. Pilgrim Hill depicts tough rural life in North Kerry.
Over 100 shorts will be screened from Singapore, USA, Australia, Denmark, Belgium, Spain, Mexico and South Africa, as well as a selection of films from the Busho Short Film Festival in Hungary.
The Made in Kerry shorts programme celebrates the best of Kerry film-making. Highlights include the BAFTA-winning Pitch Black Heist, starring Michael Fassbender and Liam Cunningham, the animation short Head Over Heels and Home Turf, which celebrates the art of hand turf cutting.
The judging panel of the Short Film Awards this year includes Dave Fanning presiding over the Best International Short category; director and producer Paul Duane (Barbaric Genius, Ballykissangel, Footballers’ Wives) judging the Best Documentary Short; writer, director and producer Terry George (Some Mother’s Son, Hotel Rwanda) for the Best Irish Short category, and Jam Media’s John Rice (Picme, Roy) for the Best Animated Short.
The marriage of music and film will be celebrated with a screening of Fritz Lang’s silent masterpiece Metropolis accompanied by a live score by 3epkano. Meanwhile, an inflatable cinema, no less, will take up residence in the Brandon Hotel in Tralee.
Additional feature films screening in the festival will include Irish debuts The Rás Tailteann, Shamrocracy and The End of the Earth is My Home. Tom Tywker’s Three / Drei will also be screened, the eagerly-anticipated new feature from the director of Run, Lola, Run. This Berlin-set drama centers on a 40-something couple who, separately, fall in love with the same man.
The festival takes place in venues across the county, beginning with Tralee between October 9 and 13; Listowel October 16 to 18; Kenmare, October 18 and Waterville, October 25.