Magazine article Screen International

TIFF: Julianne Moore to Star in Hostage Drama 'Bel Canto'

Magazine article Screen International

TIFF: Julianne Moore to Star in Hostage Drama 'Bel Canto'

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Bloom has launched international sales here at Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 8-18) on Paul Weitz's adaptation of Bel Canto, which will star Julianne Moore, Ken Watanabe and Demián Bichir.

Weitz adapted the screenplay with Anthony Weintraub from Ann Patchett's romantic bestseller about relationships that ensue amid a hostage crisis in a South American dictatorship.

WME Global represents US rights. A-Line Pictures' Caroline Baron and Weintraub produce alongside Weitz and his Depth Of Field partner Andrew Miano.

The love story will star Moore as a famous American soprano who travels to a South American country to give a private recital at the birthday party of rich Japanese industrialist, played by Watanabe.

As the gathering assembles, guerrillas led by General Benjamin storm the house and demand the release of imprisoned comrades. …

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