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AFM: Lucky Red brings Stephen Frears’ “tone-deaf” Meryl Streep to cinema theatres

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- The Oscar-winning actress is the star of the biopic Florence Foster Jenkins that director of Philomena will start filming next spring

AFM: Lucky Red brings Stephen Frears’ “tone-deaf” Meryl Streep to cinema theatres
Stephen Frears

Andrea Occhipinti of Lucky Red announced the purchase at the American Film Market of distribution rights in Italy for Stephen Frears’ next film, Florence Foster Jenkins, a biopic in which we see a tone-deaf Meryl Streep as the US soprano of the movie. Jenkins became famous, in the first half of the 20th century, for her absolute lack of singing ability. Alongside the Oscar-winning actress is Hugh Grant as the singer’s young opportunist husband.

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The English director’s previous film, Philomena [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Stephen Frears
film profile
]
, recorded in Italy the highest takings worldwide for foreign language countries. Florence Foster Jenkins, filming of which will begin in May 2015, was written by Nicholas Martin and produced by Michael Kuhn (The Duchess [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
) and Tracey Seaward (The Queen [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Andy Harries
interview: Stephen Frears
film profile
]
, Philomena). Cameron McCracken (Pathe) and Christine Langan (BBC) will act as executive producers. 

Pathe, which will distribute Florence Foster Jenkins in the United Kingdom, France and Switzerland, closed sales of Frears’ film at the AFM with Australia (eOne), Germany (Constantin), Japan (Gaga), the Benelux countries (Paradiso), Scandinavia (Svensk), Czech Republic (AQS), Eastern Europe (Ablo), Greece (Feelgood), Poland (Monolith), Turkey (Fabula), Hong Kong (Sun Dream), Israel (Shani), the Middle East (Gulf Film), South Africa (M-Net), and is negotiating with some potential distributors for the US.

(Translated from Italian)

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