Magnolia Pictures has announced this morning that they have acquired the North American rights to Shailene Woodley’s Sundance debuted ‘White Bird in a Blizzard’, adapted from Laura Kasischke’s novel, White Bird is a suspenseful drama with a terrific ensemble cast.
Magnolia Pictures’ President, Eamonn Bowles commented on the rights acquisition saying “We are longtime admirers of the singular Gregg Araki, who brings his unique vision to this funny, sexy and haunting film, Shailene Woodley truly shines with a bold and fearless performance that showcases the depth of her talent.”
The film is set in 1988. Woodley stars as Kat, a college-bound teenager who is just discovering and relishing her newfound sexuality, when her mother, a beautiful, enigmatic, and haunted woman, disappears. Having lived for so long in a stifled, emotionally repressed household, Kat barely registers her mother’s absence and certainly doesn’t blame her doormat of a father, for the loss. But as time passes, Kat begins to come to grips with how deeply Eve’s disappearance has affected her. Returning home on a break from college, she finds herself confronted with the truth about her mother’s departure, and her own denial about the events surrounding it.
Director and screenwriter Gregg Araki also commented on the news saying “I’m thrilled for this opportunity to collaborate with Magnolia, one of the boldest, smartest companies around. White Bird is a true labor of love for me and the most amazing family of actors I’ve ever worked with, I can’t wait for the world to see the film.”
The deal was negotiated for Magnolia by SVP of Acquisitions Dori Begley and VP of Acquisitions Peter Van Steemburg with CAA and Wild Bunch on behalf of the filmmakers.
Magnolia has said that they are eyeing a release for later this year.
Watch the teaser trailer released for the Sundance premiere of White Bird:
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