By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS TAKES U.S. RIGHTS TO FRED SCHEPISI’S ‘WORDS AND PICTURES’ STARRING CLIVE OWEN AND JULIETTE BINOCHE

(LOS ANGELES, CA) September 15, 2013 – Following its acclaimed world premiere as a Gala Presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival, Roadside Attractions has acquired US rights to director Fred Schepisi’s adult romance, WORDS AND PICTURES, written by Gerald Di Pego and starring Oscar nominee Clive Owen (KILLER ELITE, BLOOD TIES) and Oscar winner Juliette Binoche (THE ENGLISH PATIENT, CHOCOLAT).

The film is produced by Latitude Productions’ Curtis Burch in association with Dallas-based Lascaux Films. Nancy Rae Stone serves as executive producer.

A writer whose talent has dried up (Owen) and an artist (Binoche), struggling to paint as her body betrays her, clash at the school where they teach, sparking both a flamboyant courtship and a school-wide war: which is more powerful, the Word or the Picture?

“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 Attractions’ co-President Howard Cohen.

Producer Curtis Burch said “After having received such fantastic responses from audiences in Toronto, we are thrilled to have made a deal with Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff and their world-class Roadside Attractions. Our movie is in excellent hands.”

The deal was negotiated by Roadside’s 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 International Film Festival.

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ABOUT ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS

In its tenth year of operation, ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS films have grossed over $180M and garnered twelve Academy Award nominations, including one win. Roadside has released such critical and commercial hits as MUD, WINTER’S BONE, THE COVE, ARBITRAGE, MARGIN CALL and SUPER SIZE ME. Its upcoming slate includes the Cannes sensation ALL IS LOST starring Robert Redford, BLOOD TIES starring Clive Owen, Mila Kunis and Marion Cotillard, and the John le Carré adaptation A MOST WANTED MAN starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Rachel McAdams.

ABOUT LATITUDE PRODUCTIONS

Latitude Productions is a motion picture production company operating out of Los Angeles and financed by private equity from Dallas. “Words and Pictures” is Latitude’s first movie; it’s second film, “Life Itself” starring Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton, produced in association with Revelations Entertainment, begins shooting in New York on September 23. It is being directed by Richard Loncraine and was written by Charlie Peters based on the novel “Heroic Measures” by Jill Ciment. Latitude represents the vision of a highly regarded creative executive, Curtis Burch, who has more than 25 years of industry experience, having worked as a senior executive for Keith Barish (“The Fugitive”), Larry Gordon (“Die Hard,” “Field of Dreams”), Rob Reiner (“A Few Good Men,” “American President”) and James Cameron (“Titanic”).

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