EXCLUSIVE: Magnolia Pictures has snapped up North American rights to the Toronto Film Festival closing-night film Dalíland from Mary Harron, Deadline has learned.
Dalíland tells the story of the later years of the strange and fascinating marriage between the genius Salvador Dalí and his wife, Gala (Barbara Sukowa), as their seemingly unshakable bond begins to stress and fracture. Set in New York and Spain in 1974, the story is told through the eyes of James (Christopher Briney), a young assistant who’s keen to make his name in the art world and helps the eccentric and mercurial Dalí prepare for a big gallery show. Rupert Graves, Suki Waterhouse and Andreja Pejic also star.
“Ben Kingsley wonderfully inhabits Salvador Dalí’s persona, and Barbara Sukowa is his match in this suitably wild and entertaining film from Mary Harron,” said Magnolia Pictures President Eamonn Bowles.
“I am delighted that Dalíland will be released by Magnolia Pictures, who have distributed so many great independent films,” Herron said.
Directed by Harron and written by John C. Walsh, Dalíland is presented by David O. Sacks Productions and Edward R. Pressman Productions in association with Bankside Films, Chris Curling, Lavender Films, Serein Productions, Burger Collection and Popcorn Group. Edward R. Pressman, David O. Sacks, Daniel Brunt, Chris Curling, and Sam Pressman produced. EPs are Paula Paizes, Hannah Leader, Kingsley, Max Burger, Monique Burger, Chandu Shah, Cindy Saggar, Philip Colbert, Charlotte Colbert, Michael R. Newman, Jon Katz, Munkhtulga Od and Marc Iserlis. Carol Bidault of Serein Productions is co-producer. The pic is a UK/France/USA production.
Pressman Productions and Harron previously collaborated on American Psycho and David O. Sacks Productions collaborated with Pressman on Thank You for Smoking.
The deal was negotiated by Magnolia EVP Dori Begley and SVP Acquisitions John Von Thaden, with CAA Media Finance and Bankside Films’ Stephen Kelliher on behalf of the filmmakers. Bankside Films is handling international sales.