Magazine article Screen International

Liza Johnson Boards Alice Munro Adaptation

Magazine article Screen International

Liza Johnson Boards Alice Munro Adaptation

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As debut feature Return does festival rounds, Johnson gears up to direct Mark Jude Poirier's adaptation of Alice Munro's 2001 short story Hateship, Friendship, Courtship and Loveship.

Director Liza Johnson has boarded Mark Jude Poirier's adaptation of Alice Munro's short story Hateship, Friendship, Courtship and Loveship, replacing Noam Murro who was originally slated to direct.

"I'm excited about a script that Mark Jude Poirier wrote, which I will direct," said Johnson at the recent Deauville American Film Festival where Return was in competition.

"It's an awkward romance about a worn-down woman who works as a nanny and a housekeeper, and has no needs or desires of her own, until she falls for a trick that the kids play on her - after which her desire lights on fire," explained Johnson.

"Mark's script has a beautiful tone, like a lot of Alice Munro's writing-- it's a strong, forward-moving story that focuses on the small turns of everyday life in a way that makes them astonishing and lovely," she said.

Novelist and screenwriter Poirier previously adapted his eponymous novel Smart People for the 2008 production starring Dennis Quaid and Sarah Jessica Parker. …

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