Toronto: Kate Winslet's 'A Little Chaos' Lands at Focus Features

Courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival

Alan Rickman directed the period drama, which closed out the 2014 Toronto Film Festival

Focus Features has acquired North American distribution rights to Kate Winslet's period drama A Little Chaos, directed by Alan Rickman. The specialty distributor is planning a March 27 release.

A Little Chaos made its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, where it was the closing night film.

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Financed by Lionsgate and BBC Films, A Little Chaos stars Winslet as a strong-willed landscape designer who challenges sexual and class barriers when she is chosen to build one of the main gardens at King Louis XIV’s new palace at Versailles, causing her to become professionally and romantically entangled with the court’s renowned landscape architect André Le Notre.

Rickman, Stanley Tucci, Matthias Schoenaerts and Danny Webb star opposite Winslet. CAA brokered the deal with Focus.

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A Little Chaos marks Rickman's second directorial effort after The Winter Guest, which was released in 1977.

“I’m very proud of the fact that A Little Chaos found its North American home during its world premiere at TIFF. It’s encouraging to see that the film resonated with both audiences and the industry in Toronto, and I'm excited for its release next spring," Rickman said in a statement.

Focus has also acquired rights to the film in Scandinavia.

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