Sony Pictures Classics Nabs 'Testament of Youth'

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Alicia Vikander

The specialty label picked up North American, Latin American and Asian rights to the drama based on Vera Brittain's World War I memoir.

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired rights in North America, Latin America and Asia to Testament of Youth, based on Vera Brittain’s World War I memoir of the same name.

The specialty label picked up the rights from Protagonist Pictures.

Directed by James Kent, the drama stars Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Dominic West, Emily Watson, Colin Morgan, Miranda Richardson, Joanna Scanlan, Hayley Atwell, Jonathan Bailey, Alexandra Roach and Anna Chancellor.

Adapted by Juliette Towhidi, Testament of Youth is a story of love, war and remembrance told from a woman's point of view. Vera (Vikander) — irrepressible, intelligent and free-minded — overcomes the prejudices of her family and hometown to win a scholarship to Oxford. With everything to live for, she falls in love with her brother’s brilliant friend Roland Leighton (Harington) as they go to university to pursue their literary dreams. But World War I is looming, and as the boys leave for the front, Vera realizes she cannot sit idly by as her peers fight for their country. So she volunteers as a nurse and sets off for France.

David Heyman and Rosie Alison of Heyday Films produced Testament of Youth, which was executive produced by Christine Langan, Joe Oppenheimer, Richard Mansell, Zygi Kamasa, Hugo Heppell and Henrik Zein.

"I am thrilled to see Sony Picture Classics partner on our journey in bringing Testament of Youth to the screen," Kent said. "I am so proud of this heartfelt, beautifully performed film of youthful hope and searing love that speaks across the ages."

Added Heyman, “I have known [SPC co-presidents] Michael [Barker] and Tom [Bernard] for many, many years and have admired their vision, integrity and passionate support of great films and original voices for even longer and so am thrilled that they have chosen to distribute Testament of Youth. We could not be in better hands.”

The film was financed by BBC Films, Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund, BFI, Nordisk Film Production, Lipsync and Ingenious.

The deal was negotiated by Protagonist's Mike Goodridge and Vanessa Saal.

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