Josh Hartnett, Shinobu Terajima-Starrer 'Oh Lucy!' Picked Up by Elle Driver

By Goodfellow, Melanie | Screen International, May 3, 2017 | Go to article overview

Josh Hartnett, Shinobu Terajima-Starrer 'Oh Lucy!' Picked Up by Elle Driver


Goodfellow, Melanie, Screen International


Paris-based Elle Driver has snapped up international sales on Atsuko Hirayanagi's off-beat comedy romance Oh Lucy! ahead of its premiere in Cannes Critics' Week.

Top Japanese actress Shinobu Terajima stars as Setsuko, a lonely, chain-smoking office worker in Tokyo, who brings fresh meaning to her life when she starts taking English lessons, dons a blond wig and adopts a new American persona called Lucy.

In the process, she also falls for her American English teacher played by Josh Hartnett. When he suddenly disappears, she teams up with her sister to track him down in a journey that will take them to some of the sleazier parts of outer Los Angeles.

The feature builds on Hirayanagi's short film of the same name which premiered in Cannes in 2014, after winning the second prize in the festival's Cinéfondation Selection initiative focused on shorts and medium-length works from film schools from around the world.

That work - starring a different cast from the new feature - went on to win the short film jury prize at Sundance in 2105 and played at more than 20 top festivals worldwide including SXSW and Toronto.

Shot between Tokyo and Los Angeles at the end of 2016, the feature is produced by Matchgirl Pictures; Gloria Sanchez Productions, Jessica Elbaum's female-focused off-shoot of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions, and Han West's Meridian Content with Japanese broadcaster NHK on board as a co-producer. …

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