Magazine article Screen International

Shannon, Weisz Lead Joshua Marston Drama

Magazine article Screen International

Shannon, Weisz Lead Joshua Marston Drama

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EXCLUSIVE: Parts & Labor-produced English-language drama sold by Protagonist.

Rachel Weisz and Michael Shannon are to star in Maria Full of Grace director Joshua Marston's first English-language feature, which has come together ahead of the AFM where it is likely to be among the hottest indie packages.

New York production outfit Parts & Labor (Beginners, Love is Strange) will produce the as-yet untitled feature, also written by Marston, with Protagonist handling international sales.

Weisz will play Alice, the intriguing guest introduced at a dinner party hosted by Tom (Shannon) and his wife, celebrating his birthday.

Tom increasingly believes he knows Alice but by a different name and a different biography, and suspects that she's not there entirely by coincidence.

The evening spins into a highly-charged reunion between a man in need of making a change in his life and a woman who desperately wants to stop changing.

Parts & Labor's Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy are producing alongside Lucas Joaquin and Protagonist's Eddie Vaisman, with the film set to shoot in New York City in early 2015.

Marston's acclaimed previous two features Maria Full Of Grace and The Forgiveness Of Blood both played in competition in Berlin, where the former won the Alfred Bauer Award and the latter picked up the Silver Berlin Bear for Best Screenplay.

Marston has also directed episodes of high-end TV series such as The Newsroom, The Good Wife and In Treatment.

Weisz, who won the Oscar in 2004 for The Constant Gardener, will next appear in new films by Yorgos Lanthimos, Derek Cianfrance, Paolo Sorrentino and Olivier Assayas. …

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