Bleecker Street has acquired ‘The Return’ starring Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche for North America

Bleecker Street has picked up North American distribution rights to the Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche historical epic. return European film market eve. The project, directed by Uberto Pasolini, is based on Homer’s ancient classic The Odyssey.

It marks the first time Fiennes and Binoche have worked together since the Oscar-winning star starred in the title. English patient In 1996. Charlie Plummer (Lean on Pete) are also stars. The script was written by Edward Bond, John Colley and Pasolini and production is expected to begin in Greece in the spring before moving to Italy.

Bleecker Street is planning a 2024 theatrical release.

The story sees Fiennes play Odysseus, who after 20 years adrift on the shores of Ithaca, unknown and unknown, finally returns home. But a lot changed for this king’s kingdom when he left to fight in the Trojan War. His beloved wife Penelope (Binoche) is now imprisoned in her own home, trapped by her many ambitious suitors to choose a new husband, a new king.

Their son Telemachus (Plummer), who has grown up fatherless, faces death at the hands of suitors who see him as an obstacle in their relentless pursuit of Penelope and the kingdom. Odysseus has also changed. Scared by his war experiences, he is no longer the mighty warrior his people remember him to be. But she is forced to face her past to rediscover the strength she needs to save her family and regain her lost love.

return An Italy-Greece-UK-France co-production, Pasolini and James Clayton for Red Wave Films, Roberto Sessa for Picomedia (Asacha Media Group) for Rai Cinema, Giorgos Cornavas and Konstantinos Kontovrakis for Heretic and St├ęphane Moatti, Romain Le Grand, Vivienne Aslanian and Marco Paccioni for Cabo Films (Asacha Media Group) and Marvelous Productions. Andrew Karpen and Kent Sanderson will executive produce for Bleecker Street.

The deal was negotiated by Sanderson and Avi Eschenassi of Blaker Street with Hanway Films handling international sales at the Berlin International Film Festival. Hanway also sold titles in Benelux (The Searchers), Portugal (Nos Lusomundo), Turkey (Mars), Poland (Monolith), Former Yugoslavia (Cinemania), Baltic States (GPI), Middle East (Front Row). South Africa (Filmfinity), Singapore (Shaw) and Cinesky have exclusive airline rights.

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