Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Olivia Colman's 'Mothering Sunday'

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From director Eva Husson, the U.K. period drama first shopped in Cannes also stars Colin Firth and Josh O'Connor.

Sony Pictures Classics has picked up the U.K. period drama Mothering Sunday, starring Olivia Colman, Colin Firth and Josh O'Connor and first shopped at the virtual Cannes market.

Sony Pictures Classics acquired all rights to the movie in North America, Latin America, India, Pan Asia (excluding Japan), the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Turkey and airlines and ships worldwide.

Directed by Eva Husson, Mothering Sunday is set in 1924 England and sees Jane Fairchild, a maid in the Niven household, take the day off to celebrate Mothering Sunday while Mr. and Mrs. Niven attend a lunch to celebrate the engagement of their neighbor’s only remaining son, Paul, to Emma Hobday. The Nivens have lost their own sons to the war and rejoice at the prospect of an engagement.

Jane has no mother to go to and for seven years has been Paul’s lover. They finally meet in Paul’s bedroom for the first time, only to see the end of their romance.

The movie's script is by Alice Birch (Succession), who adapted Sally Rooney's Normal People novel for the BBC and Hulu as a mini-series. For Mothering Sunday, Birch adapted the screenplay from Graham Swift’s novel of the same name.

“In Cannes 2018, Eva Husson brought us Girls of the Sun, a movie with such ferocious energy we knew at once we were in the presence of a major new filmmaker. Her energy coupled with the dramatic conflict between romance and Britain’s class system as beautifully written in the screenplay by Alice Birch based on the provocative novel by Graham Swift promises to be an amazing movie," Sony Pictures Classics said in a statement.

Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley’s Number 9 Films will produce the film, which also stars Sope Dirisu, with financing from Film4 and Ingenious. Rocket Science handled sales on Mothering Sunday.