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Sebastian Koch joins Bloom Efm sales title 'Bel Canto'

9 February 2017 1:11 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Ahead of start of production in New York on Monday [13], Sebastian Koch, Elsa Zylberstein and Christopher Lambert have joined the romantic drama as Bloom continues sales at the Efm.

Paul Weitz will direct Bel Canto and adapted the screenplay with Anthony Weintraub from Ann Patchett’s novel of the same name.

Julianne Moore will star alongside Ken Watanabe in the story set against the backdrop of a hostage crisis in South America.

Moore will play a famous soprano invited to perform at the birthday party of a rich Japanese industrialist when guerrillas storm the building. Grammy-winning soprano Renée Fleming will provide vocals.

Bloom introduced Bel Canto in Toronto last year and Wme Global handles Us rights.

Caroline Baron and Anthony Weintraub will produce through A-Line Pictures alongside Weitz and Andrew Miano of Depth of Field, and Lizzie Friedman, Karen Lauder and Greg Little of Priority Pictures. »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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Berlin: Bloom’s ‘Bel Canto’ Adds Trio to Drama’s Cast

8 February 2017 8:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sebastian Koch, Christopher Lambert, and Elsa Zylberstein have joined Paul Weitz’s “Bel Canto.”

Alex Walton and Ken Kao’s sales and production shingle, Bloom, introduced the pic at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival, and will continue sales at Berlin’s European Film Market. Wme Global is handling U.S. rights.

Julianne Moore and Ken Watanabe topline the adaptation of Ann Patchett’s bestseller in which a soprano (Moore) travels to perform at the concert of a Japanese business man (Watanabe) in South America. When the home is overtaken by guerrillas, demanding the release of their jailed comrades, a standoff begins that brings hostages and captors together.

International opera star Renee Fleming has also joined and will contribute vocals to the drama.

Principal photography begins in New York on Feb. 13.

Weitz adapted the screenplay with Anthony Weintraub; Weitz is producing with Andrew Miano through their Depth of Field banner along »

- Variety Staff

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