Magazine article Variety

Focus Nabs U.K. Rights to ‘Leisure’

Magazine article Variety

Focus Nabs U.K. Rights to ‘Leisure’

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FOCUS FEATURES HAS acquired U.K. rights to Paolo Virzi's "The Leisure Seeker," starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland and world-premiering at Venice Film Festival. Pic will then sail to Toronto.

Represented in international markets by Parisbased Bac Films, "The Leisure Seeker" has now sold out worldwide. Bac recent- ly sold to Gaga for Japan.

One of the most anticipated films playing at Venice, "The Leisure Seeker" follows an elderly couple (Mirren and Sutherland) who embark on a cross-country journey from Boston to the Florida Keys in their vintage camper to escape from the suffocating care of their doctors and grown children.

"The U.K. is a key territory in Europe, especially for a film like 'The Leisure Seeker,' which has a big potential, so it was crucial for us to find a very strong partner like Focus Features," said Bac Films' Marie Garrett, who negotiated the deal with Isabelle Stewart at Focus Features.

Sony Pictures Classics boarded the film a year ago when it was still in production and pre-bought the rights to U. …

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