Goldwyn putting 'Pieces' together


Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired the World War II-era drama "Fugitive Pieces" and has set its U.S. premiere for Feb. 2 at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

The deal was negotiated by Goldwyn vp acquisitions Peter Goldwyn and John Sloss of Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmakers.

Goldwyn plans a May release for the film, which first bowed on opening night at the Toronto International Film Festival and garnered a best actor prize for Rade Sherbedgia at the Rome International Film Festival.

Jeremy Podeswa, who helmed such series as Showtime's "Dexter" and "Six Feet Under," wrote and directed the film, produced by Robert Lantos ("Eastern Promises").

"Fugitive Pieces," based on the novel by Anne Michaels, revolves around Jakob Beer (Stephen Dillane), a Polish orphan who is saved by a Greek archaeologist and attempts to deal with his losses through writing and the discovery of true love.

The film is the latest addition to Goldwyn's 2008 slate, which includes "Priceless," "Roman De Gare" and "Trumbo."