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Amsterdam-based Cineart has acquired Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship, which received its European premiere at International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr) this week following its Sundance debut.
Cineart will release in Benelux this summer, after negotiating a deal with the film’s French producer Lauranne Bourrachot of Chic Films and Dutch co-producer Raymond van der Kaaij. Amazon Studios secured Us rights last year and Curzon Artificial Eye has taken the film for the UK. Protagonist reps world sales rights.
The film is screening this week at Iffr, where it is nominated for the Vpro Big Screen Award.
Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Stephen Fry and Emma Greenwell star in Love & Friendship, which reunites the two lead actresses with Stillman for the first time since 1998 cult classic The Last Days Of Disco.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Ever since his indie breakout Metropolitan in 1990, Whit Stillman has built a specific kind of comedy within class structure. From the strait-laced businessmen struggling to break free of themselves in Barcelona to the ambitious, two-faced college girls in Damsels in Distress, Stillman finds the laughter in the deviousness of human nature.
Love & Friendship, his fifth film, premiered at Sundance and is set to be released by Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions this spring. Adapted from Jane Austen‘s little-read, barely-published novella ‘Lady Susan,’ the costume-drama setting and biting social commentary allows for some of the funniest moments in Stillman’s career. It’s as though Austen was writing for a filmmaker like Stillman to adapt her. It’s a true match made in heaven.
Check out conversation with the director from Sundance 2016 below.
The Film Stage: Was this adaptation something that you had in your back pocket for some time? »
- Dan Mecca
Read More: The 2016 Indiewire Sundance Bible: All the Reviews, Interviews and News Posted During The Festival Filmmaker Whit Stillman is a modern master of comedies of manners, from "Metropolitan" to "Damsels in Distress" -- funny films that hinge on the unique personalities and behaviors of their indelible characters, which makes it a bit of a surprise that his Sundance premiere, "Love & Friendship," is his first attempt to adapt the work of another famous humorist known for her character work: Jane Austen. With "Love & Friendship," Stillman takes on Austen's novella "Lady Susan," arguably her least well-known work, and infuses it with quick wit and snappy storytelling. The film is also a reunion of sorts, with his "Last Days of Disco" leading ladies Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny again playing best friends in the feature, as Beckinsale takes on the Lady Susan role, with Sevigny serving as her wry American pal »
- Kate Erbland
"Has there ever been a purer match between author and adapter than Jane Austen and Whit Stillman?" asks Noel Murray at the Playlist. "Stillman’s first film, 1990’s Metropolitan, updated Austen’s explorations of social values and romantic ardor among the upper classes. Then, in the second and third parts of his 'earnest young yuppies in love' trilogy (1994’s Barcelona and 1998’s The Last Days of Disco), Stillman continued his consideration of how income, religious faith, and social pressure still play as much a part in guiding romantic decisions as they did in the 1800s. So when the news came out that the writer-director was making a big-screen version of Austen’s posthumously published novella Lady Susan, under the title Love & Friendship, could any fan of the filmmaker be surprised?" We're gathering reviews of the film starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloë Sevigny. » - David Hudson »
Whit Stillman, expert chronicler of privileged youth, adapts the Jane Austen novella Lady Susan for his first period film, Love & Friendship. The material is a perfect fit for the film-maker behind the elegant comedies Metropolitan, Barcelona and most recently, Damsels in Distress. His pantheon of highly literate heroines would be at home in Austen’s world of manners and unrequited passions.
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- Nigel M Smith in Park City, Utah
Has there ever been a purer match between author and adapter than Jane Austen and Whit Stillman? Stillman’s first film, 1990’s “Metropolitan,” updated Austen’s explorations of social values and romantic ardor among the upper classes, and even had two characters debate her contemporary relevance. Then, in the second and third parts of his “earnest young yuppies in love” trilogy (1994’s “Barcelona” and 1998’s “The Last Days of Disco”), Stillman continued his consideration of how income, religious faith, and social pressure still play as much a part in guiding romantic decisions as they did in the 1800s. So when the news came out that the writer-director was making a big-screen version of Austen’s posthumously published novella “Lady Susan,” under the title “Love & Friendship,” could any fan of the filmmaker be surprised? Read More: First Look At Chloe Sevigny And Kate Beckinsale In Whit Stillman's 'Love & Friendship' Kate Beckinsale »
- Noel Murray
“He’s very silly, but he has a charm of a kind.” “He’s lively; he brings a new angle to things.” The man being described thusly is an extremely foolish if conveniently wealthy 18th-century gentleman by the name of Sir James Martin, but the kind words might just as well apply — without a hint of euphemism, and with far more honest approbation — to the director of “Love & Friendship,” a supremely elegant and delicately filigreed adaptation of Jane Austen’s epistolary novella “Lady Susan.” With his love of fine clothes and finer diction, Whit Stillman proves an unsurprisingly intuitive fit for Austen, but he also knows just how to give her pointed social satire an extra stab of wink-wink postmodern drollery without breaking the spell. Starring Kate Beckinsale as Lady Susan, the most irresistibly devious of Austen protagonists, this inspired marriage of two distinctive stylists should become a delectable arthouse »
- Justin Chang
It took Wes Anderson directing “Fantastic Mr. Fox” to make it clear that, with his love of dioramas and infinitely detailed set pieces, he’d been crafting animated movies all along, albeit usually with live-action casts. Similarly, “Love & Friendship” marks Whit Stillman‘s first screen adaptation of Jane Austen (or any other writer, for that matter), and his skill at crafting witty banter and portraying lovers constrained by etiquette and custom reveals that he’s always been making Jane Austen movies. (Stillman tipped his hand as early as his debut feature, 1990’s “Metropolitan,” which featured its romantic leads disagreeing over the merits. »
- Alonso Duralde
Roadside Attractions and Amazon Studios are partnering for the domestic theatrical release of “Love & Friendship,” a period comedy directed by Whit Stillman. Set in the 1790s, the film stars Kate Beckinsale, Chloe Sevigny, Stephen Fry, Xavier Samuel and Emma Greenwell. The writer/director of “Metropolitan” and “The Last Days of Disco’s” latest work is based on a posthumously published, little-read Jane Austen novel called “Lady Susan,” whose heroine, Lady Susan Vernon (Beckinsale), is intelligent, irresistible and entirely lacking in scruples. She is aided in her trouble-making by her conniving American sidekick, Alicia Johnson (Sevigny). Also Read: Sundance 2016: 15 Hottest »
- Debbie Emery
Amazon has landed domestic rights to the adaptation of an unpublished Jane Austen story, and brought in Roadside as the film’s theatrical distributor. The film centers on a socially disgraced widow who takes up residence with her in-laws.
The comedy of manners reunites Stillman with “Last Days of Disco” stars Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny. Xavier Samuel, Stephen Fry and Emma Greenwell round out the cast. It premieres at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday.
The film will debut in theaters before hitting Amazon’s streaming platform. Both Amazon and its online rival Netflix have moved aggressively to lock up top titles in advance of Sundance’s start on Thursday night. Netflix has scored distribution rights to the Iranian horror film “Under the Shadow” and the Ellen Page comedy “Tallulah. »
- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh
This month on the Newsstand, Ryan is joined by Aaron West, Mark Hurne and David Blakeslee to discuss the April 2016 Criterion Collection line-up, update a few theories on the wacky New Year’s drawing, as well as discuss the latest in Criterion rumors, news, packaging, and more.
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- Ryan Gallagher
Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Stephen Fry and Emma Greenwell star in the feature, which reunites Beckinsale and Sevigny with Stillman for the first time since 1998 cult classic The Last Days Of Disco.
Based on the Jane Austen novella Lady Susan and set in the 1790s, the story follows beautiful young widow Lady Susan Vernon (Beckinsale) who has come to Churchill, the estate of her in-laws, to wait out the colourful rumours about her dalliances circulating through polite society.
Whilst ensconced there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and for her eligible but reluctant schoolgirl daughter, Frederica (Morfydd Clark).
The waters are troubled by the arrival of the handsome, eligible Reginald DeCourcy (Samuel) and silly but cheerful - and very »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
On paper, nearly every film scheduled to screen at this year’s Sundance Film Festival looks like a breakout. That’s why predicting the titles that will draw the most interest from studios and score the biggest deals is nearly impossible. You don’t know which films will deliver on the hype and which will wither under the spotlight as much of Hollywood descends on Park City hoping to find the next “Little Miss Sunshine” or “Brooklyn.”
That said, here are 10 films that are certain to draw interest from bidders by virtue of their casts, their concepts, or the director calling the shots.
Director: Antonio Campos
Sales: UTA, Wme/Great Point Media
Why Buyers Are Circling: The story of an ambitious journalist struggling to make a name for herself in the 1970s world of TV news showcases a tour de force performance from Hall. »
- Brent Lang
The titles speak for themselves (almost). In April, the Criterion Collection will release a pleasingly varied selection of films. Christian Petzold's Phoenix fell off my radar after I saw it last year but it's the kind of thoughtful drama that keeps resonating and resurfacing in my mind. Whit Stillman's Barcelona is not as immediately invigorating as Metropolitan, but the travails of 'Americans in Europe' proves to be a wise rumination on the often confusing natures of love and privilege. It will become available as part of a new box set that will also include Stillman's The Last Days of Disco. Howard Hawks' Only Angels Have Wings is a personal favorite; I remember watching it years ago and marveling at its matter-of-fact transmutation from romantic comedy...
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Love & Friendship
Directed and written by Whit Stillman
The Last Days of Disco, Metropolitan, and Barcelona were amongst the best of 90s independent cinema, if one had the stomach for incessant dissections of ego, academia, and capitalism. With more talking than action, director/writer Whit Stillman brought us complex comedies of manners that had to be intently listened to in order to distill satisfaction. Selfish and »
- Lane Scarberry
There will be another handful (or two) of interviews coming as we march toward Hollywood's High Holy Night on February 28th. But with Oscar nomination voting closing today and so many interviews these past few weeks this seems as good a time as any to ask you to "consider" our official index of interviews from the film year and to take a less daily approach to the remaining one-on-ones.
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