Berlin: Mia Wasikowska's 'Madame Bovary' Sells in Key Foreign Markets (Exclusive)

Alchemy has already scooped up U.S. rights to the period drama based on Gustave Flaubert's classic novel.

Mia Wasikowska's Madame Bovary has found a home in numerous foreign markets, including France and Italy.

Radiant Films International president-CEO Mimi Steinbauer revealed the deals at Berlin's European Film Market.

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Directed by Sophie Barthes, Madame Bovary made its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival and quickly landed a U.S. home with Alchemy, formerly known as Millennium Entertainment. Felipe Marino adapted the screenplay from Gustave Flaubert's classic novel of the same name with Barthes. Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans and Ezra Miller also star.

Radiant has sold Madame Bovary to Jour2Fete in France, Paco Pictures in Italy, A-Film in Benelux, Svensk Filmindustri in Scandinavia and NOS Lusomundo Audiovisuais in Portugal. Other deals closed include Latin America (Swen), Australia (Transmission Films), South Korea (Noori Pictures), Turkey (Aqua Pinema), Middle East (Gulf Film), Greece (Odeon) and Iceland (Myndform).

Radiant previously announced that Warner Bros. Germany acquired German-speaking rights to the movie, while A Company Filmed Entertainment bought Eastern Europe, Russia and Vietnam.

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"Madame Bovary is a beautiful film with terrific performances across the board, especially from its leading star, Mia Wasikowska. We’re delighted that our buyers have responded with such enthusiasm to the project," said Steinbauer.

Marino and Joe Neurauter of Occupant Entertainment produced the film in association with Barthes via her Aden Film banner and Aleph Motion Picture's Jaime Mateus-Tique.

Madame Bovary tells the tragic story of Emma (Wasikowska), a young beauty who impulsively marries a small-town doctor to leave her father’s pig farm behind. But after being introduced to the glamorous world of high society, she soon becomes bored with her stodgy mate and seeks excitement and status outside the bonds of marriage.

 
 

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