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Albert Nobbs release this fall!

From IndieWire comes the good news that “Albert Nobbs” has been acquired for distribution by Liddell Entertainment and Roadside Attractions. It will be released this fall with plans for an Oscar campaign for Glenn Close:

Liddell Entertainment and Roadside Attractions have acquired all U.S. rights to “Albert Nobbs,” directed by Rodrigo Garcia and starring five-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close as a woman passing as a man in order to work and survive in 19th century Dublin. Close won an Obie Award in 1982 for playing the Nobbs character Off-Broadway in Simone Benmussa’s theatrical interpretation of the same George Moore novella that the film is based upon, “The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs,” and she has been passionate to bring the character to the screen for almost 30 years. The New York Times raved of Close on stage, “The performance is transforming.” Industry pundits already rank her among those likely to be vying for an Oscar this season.

Rodrigo Garcia (“Mother and Child”) directs “Albert Nobbs” from a script that Gabriella Prekop, Man Booker prize-winning novelist John Banville and Glenn Close wrote based on a story by Istvan Szabo, adapted from the Moore novella. “Albert Nobbs” marks Close’s first screenplay credit, as well as her feature film producing debut. The film also stars Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson, Janet McTeer, Pauline Collins, Brenda Fricker, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Brendan Gleeson. Producers are Glenn Close, Bonnie Curtis, Julie Lynn and Alan Moloney. Production companies are Trillium Productions, Mockingbird Pictures and Parallel Film Productions, with support from WestEnd Films and Chrysalis Films, as well as the participation of the Irish Film Board. The director of photography is Michael McDonough, the production designer is Oscar-winner Patrizia Von Brandenstein, the transformative make-up is by Oscar-winner Matthew Mungle, the editor is Steven Weisberg, the costume designer is Pierre-Yves Gayraud, and the composer is Brian Byrne.

The domestic deal was announced jointly by Mickey Liddell of Liddell Entertainment and Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff, Co-Presidents of Roadside Attractions. The two companies will co-venture on a fall 2011 release, as they did on this past year’s Oscar-nominated “Biutiful.” WestEnd is handling international sales.

“Glenn Close appears in nearly every frame as Albert Nobbs, and her performance is masterful,” said Liddell. “This is an intimate film full of big ideas in the tradition of “Gosford Park” and “Sense and Sensibility.”

d’Arbeloff added, “This great story about a woman forced to hide in plain sight will resonate with contemporary filmgoers. Glenn Close is one of the true leading ladies of American cinema, and her vision for this film is incredibly inspiring.”

Liddell and attorney Chad Reineke negotiated for Liddell Entertainment. Cohen negotiated on behalf of Roadside Attractions. CAA represented the filmmakers.

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6 Comments

  1. Daniela says
    05 July 11 at 4:36pm

    Uuuh, can’t wait…one hand side for Johnny and the other hand side to check if my housemate can be seen, he played an extra – a doorman with suit, hat, stuck on moustache and glasses- on it… *yaaaaaaay*

  2. Jo says
    05 July 11 at 8:32pm

    Truely looking forward to seeing Glenn Close on the screen once more and Jonathan Rhys Meyers also in his home town of Dublin.

  3. m.jones says
    06 July 11 at 6:55am

    Jonathan you are a very talented young man and whatever is troubling you the best way is to deal with it, sometimes you need to be vulnerable no matter how much it hurts in order to heal, ask God to help you. He is a prayer away. I will be praying for you. MJ

  4. Sheri says
    06 July 11 at 8:11am

    This is great news. I’m so excited to see it.

  5. Iris Engelhardt says
    12 July 11 at 12:37am

    I’m looking forward to watching the film. As to JM, your choices to participate in a film seem to me bright and down to earth. I hope that your find sense in what you are doing and be able to enjoy it. Acting ultimately is a matter of choice and you’ve done very well so far. I wonder if this might be a perspective for you not because these things keep you away from destruction (alcohol etc.) but because you want to do them. If it’s not acting perhaps something else. Enjoying things means to get involved with them and getting close and perhaps that’s what is most frightening about it. I hope that you find the courage to discover the difference that there is nothing to fear ultimately and that you can decide and look for what you really want and need. Thank you all for another wonderful film that we can look forward to. Iris

  6. toby says
    26 July 11 at 7:05pm

    Wishing you a very happy birthday…..stay well…just remember your terrific

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