October 9, 2013 – D Films announced earlier today it has acquired the exclusive, long-term Canadian distribution rights in all media to Israel Horovitz’ new dramedy, My Old Lady, starring Maggie Smith (Downton AbbeyThe Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Kevin Kline (Last Vegas), and Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient) from US based Cohen Media Group.  The announcement was made today by Jim Sherry, President and CEO of D Films.

My Old Lady tells the story of Mathias Gold (Kevin Kline), a down-and-out New Yorker who travels to Paris to liquidate a huge and valuable apartment he has inherited from his estranged father. When he reaches his apartment in Paris he finds Mathilde Girard (Maggie Smith), a refined old lady living in the apartment with her daughter, Chloe (Jane Birkin). He then discovers the romantic history between Mathilde and his father, a romance that lasted over half a century.

Making his feature film directorial debut is Israel Horovitz, who also wrote the screenplay for the film.  Horvitz is the most produced American playwright in French theatre history and has recently been decorated as Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettre, France’s highest honor for foreign artists.  He has written over 70 plays that have been translated and performed in more than 30 languages worldwide. Horvitz has also written numerous award winning screenplays including The Strawberry Statement, which took the jury prize at Cannes in 1970, Al Pacino comedy Author! Author! and Sunshine, the winner of the 1999 European Film Award for Best Screenplay.

Rachael Horovitz of Specialty Films teams with French producers Raphael Benoliel, NitsaBenchetrit and David Barrot to produce.  The film is also co-produced by Marie-Cecile Renauld.

My Old Lady is currently filming in Paris, France and is slated for a 2014 theatrical release.

This is the second distribution collaboration between the Cohen Media Group and D Films Corporation, the first being the critically acclaimed and commercially successful film The Attack which was released in theatres in August 2013. | |