Toronto: Bleecker Street Lands 'Military Wives'

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'Military Wives'

Kristin Scott Thomas, Sharon Horgan and Jason Flemyng star in the comedy, which made its world premiere Friday at TIFF.

Bleecker Street has acquired U.S. rights to the crowd-pleasing British comedy Military Wives.

Directed by Peter Cattaneo, the pic centers on a group of women in England whose partners are away serving in Afghanistan. Faced with the men's absences, they form a choir and quickly find themselves at the center of a media sensation and global movement.

Military Wives made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 6, and buyers quickly sparked to the film's universal themes.

Kristin Scott Thomas, Sharon Horgan and Jason Flemyng star in the movie, which was produced by Ben Pugh, Rory Aitken and Piers Tempest. Executive producers include Zygi Kamasa, Peter Touche, Tim Haslam, Hugo Grumbar, Josh Varney, Liz Gallacher, Stephen Spence, Emma Berkofsky, Josh Horsfield, Jo Bamford, Orlando Wood, Hana Canter, Emma Willis and René Besson.

Cattaneo previously directed the breakout indie The Full Monty, which won an Oscar and four BAFTAs.

The Hollywood Reporter's review said Military Wives "forms a pleasing companion piece to [The Full Monty] by again deploying an eclectic, likably normal-looking ensemble (nearly all women this time instead of men) to tell a story about a relatively unsung group of amateurs."

Bleecker Street is planning a theatrical release for the pic, with Lionsgate set to release it in the U.K. and levelFILM in Canada.

CAA negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers, while Embankment Films is selling international rights at the Toronto market.