Sony Pictures Classics (SPC) has picked up North America and Latin American rights to Michael Hoffman’s The Last Station starring Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer, James McAvoy and Paul Giamatti.
The German-Russian historical drama is an Egoli Tossell Film Halle production in co-production with The Andrei Konchalovsky Production Center and SamFilm and played to great acclaim at its recent world premiere in Telluride.
Hoffman adapted the screenplay from Jay Parini’s 1990 novel of the same name. The story follows a young intellectual who arrives at the rural estate of Leo Tolstoy and gets entangled in a battle over the Russian author’s legacy involving his wife Countess Sofya and the conniving leader of a Utopian society. Ann-Marie Duff also stars.
Chris Curling, Jens Meurer and Bonnie Arnold served as producers while Andrei Konchalovsky handled executive producer duties.
SPC negotiated the sale with Robbie Little’s LA-based The Little Film Company. SPC’s upcoming roster includes An Education, Broken Embraces,The White Ribbon, A Prophet, The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus, Micmacs, Lebanon and Get Low.