Famed Italian director Paolo Virzì is finding tremendous success for his upcoming film THE LEISURE SEEKER, his first foray into an English language film, thanks to Paris-based Bac Films distribution company. They have secured several sales for the film, which is still shooting, since Cannes, based on solely the script. The first footage is set to be shown at the Toronto International Film Festival, which is currently going on, and where Bac hopes to gain even more sales.
Based on the novel of the same name by Michael Zadoorian, Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren star as John and Ella Spencer, a married couple who are taking one last adventure together — driving from Boston to the Hemingway House in Florida — before their respective illnesses catch up with them.
So far, Bac has secured distribution deals for Australia and Canada (eOne), Germany (Concorde), Spain (Karma), Scandinavia (Scanbox), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Greece (Strada), and Israel (Lev).
Gilles Sousa of Bac said the film “combines the best of Europe and American filmmaking and storytelling. It’s a love story that has a true universal appeal carried out by a pair of actors who are on top of their games.”
Virzì helped co-write the adaptation with Francesca Archibugi, Francesco Piccolo, and Stephen Amidon. Previously, Jens Jonsson had been attached to direct and also worked on the script. The film is being produced by Italy’s Indiana Production Company and RAI Cinema.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor
This news was first reported by Variety.