Kino Lorber has acquired U.S. distribution rights to The Daughter, Simon Stone’s Aussie drama starring Geoffrey Rush, Ewen Leslie, Paul Schneider, Miranda Otto, Anna Torv, Odessa Young and Sam Neill. A winter theatrical release is planned for the pic, which was the closing-night films at Venice Days and had a special presentation at the Toronto Film Festival.
The story follows Christian (Schneider), who returns to his family home for his the wedding of his father Henry (Rush) to the much younger Anna (Torv). While home, he reconnects with his childhood friend Oliver (Leslie), who has stayed in town working at Henry’s timber mill and is now out of a job. As Christian gets to know Oliver’s wife Charlotte (Otto), daughter Hedvig (Odessa Young) and father Walter (Neill), he discovers a secret that could tear Oliver’s family apart. As he tries to right the wrongs of the past, his actions threaten to shatter the lives of those he left behind years before.
Jan Chapman and Nicole O’Donohue produced the pic, which was financed by principal investor Screen Australia in association with Screen NSW, Roadshow Films, Kazstar and The Gingerbread Man. Mongrel International repped sales.