Sundance: Magnolia Nabs Shailene Woodley Pic 'White Bird in a Blizzard'

Magnolia Pictures has closed a deal to acquire North American rights to the drama White Bird in a Blizzard.

THR first reported that the distributor was in negotiations to pick up the Shailene Woodley starrer that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

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Written and directed by Gregg Araki (Kaboom, Mysterious Skin), the film also stars Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane and Angela Bassett. The film was adapted from the novel by Laura Kasischke.

Magnolia is eyeing a release for later this year.

Pascal Caucheteux and Sebastien K. Lemercier produced alongside Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Pavlina Hatoupis and Araki.

Set in 1988, White Bird centers on Kat (Woodley), a college-bound teenager who is just discovering and relishing her newfound sexuality when her mother, Eve (Green), a beautiful, enigmatic and haunted woman, disappears. Having lived for so long in a stifled, emotionally repressed household, Kat barely registers her mother's absence and certainly doesn't blame her doormat of a father, Brock (Meloni), for the loss. But as time passes, Kat begins to come to grips with how deeply Eve's disappearance has affected her. Returning home on a break from college, she finds herself confronted with the truth about her mother's departure and her own denial about the events surrounding it.

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"We are longtime admirers of the singular Gregg Araki, who brings his unique vision to this funny, sexy and haunting film," Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles said. "Shailene Woodley truly shines with a bold and fearless performance that showcases the depth of her talent."

Added Araki: "I'm thrilled for this opportunity to collaborate with Magnolia, one of the boldest, smartest companies around. White Bird is a true labor of love for me and the most amazing family of actors I've ever worked with. I can't wait for the world to see the film."

The deal was negotiated for Magnolia by Dori Begley and Peter Van Steemburg. CAA and Wild Bunch repped the filmmakers.

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