EXCLUSIVE: Stephen Brown’s Y Production just sealed a distribution deal with Mark Urman’s Paladin for the war epic The Ottoman Lieutenant, likely the first movie to look at those on the other side of World War I. The film will be released for an Oscar-qualifying run in December before going wide in February of 2017.

Starring, Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones, Age of Adeline), Hera Hilmar (Anna Karenina), Josh Hartnett and Ben Kingsley, the film was lensed at the famed Barrandov Studios in Prague (which recently suffered losses in a fire). Other locations were in the Czech Republic and in Turkey.

The film’s logline: “a strong-willed woman (Hilmar), who, frustrated by ongoing injustice at home, leaves the United States after meeting Jude, an American doctor (Hartnett) who runs a remote medical mission within the Ottoman Empire — a world both exotic and dangerous, and on the brink of what is about to become the first World War. There, she finds her loyalty tested to both Jude and the mission’s founder (Kingsley) when she falls in love with their perceived enemy, a lieutenant in the Ottoman Imperial Army (Huisman). With invading army forces at their doorstep, and the world about to plunge into all-out war” she must make a decision.

The Ottoman Lieutenant is directed by Joseph Ruben (Sleeping with the Enemy) from a screenplay by Jeff Stockwell (Bridge to Terabitha). It is a Y Production in association with Eastern Sunrise Films and produced by Stephen Joel Brown.

CAA negotiated the domestic distribution deal while ancillary and international release plans are now being finalized.