Toronto: Roadside Picks Up Fred Schepisi's 'Words and Pictures' for U.S.

Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche star in the film, which had its world premiere at the fest.

Roadside Attractions has picked up U.S. rights to Fred Schepisi’s adult romance, Words and Pictures, which had its world premiere during the Toronto Film Festival.

The film, produced by Latitude Productions’ Curtis Burch in association with Dallas-based Lascaux Films, stars Clive Owen as a washed-up writer and Juliette Binoche as a prickly artist who clash at the school where they teach. They launch school-wide debate over whether literature or painting is best.

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Nancy Rae Stone serves as an executive producer. The deal was negotiated by Roadside Attraction’s Howard Cohen and CAA on behalf of the filmmakers.

Voltage Pictures is handling international rights to the film and presented the project to buyers at the Toronto Film Festival.

“Fred Schepisi’s charming film Words and Pictures features great performances by Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche -- in an uplifting, crowd-pleasing film about teachers who change the lives of both their students and each other with their passions for learning, life and the arts,” said Roadside's co-president Howard Cohen.

At the fest, Roadside also picked up U.S. rights to thriller Therese, and, with Lionsgate, Elmore Leonard's Life of Crime and David Gordon Green's thriller Joe.