Toronto 2012: Samuel Goldwyn Takes U.S. Rights to James Cromwell's 'Still'

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The Michael McGowan-directed Canadian indie features the "Babe" star in his first leading dramatic movie role.

TORONTO -- Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired all U.S. rights to writer/director Michael McGowan’s Still, the James Cromwell-starrer that bowed this week at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Based on true events, Still has Cromwell (Babe) in his first leading role as an 89-year-old New Brunswicker who faces jail time when the government tries to stop him from building a more suitable house for his wife, played by GenevieĢ€ve Bujold, whose health is beginning to fade.

Rick Roberts, Julie Stewart, Campbell Scott and Jonathan Potts round out the top-notch cast.

Goldwyn plans a 2013 release.

“Michael has created an incredibly touching and triumphant film and James Cromwell, afforded the role of a lifetime, delivers a truly remarkable performance,” Peter Goldwyn, senior vp of Samuel Goldwyn Films, said Friday.

The deal was negotiated by Ian Puente, vp and general counsel for Samuel Goldwyn Films and by Ben Weiss of Paradigm on behalf of the filmmakers.

McGowan’s earlier films One Week, Saint Ralph and Score: A Hockey Musical, all screened in Toronto.