Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights to Donatella Maiorca’s Purple Sea following a deal between co-president Jon Gerrans and Intra Movies’ Jef Nuyts.

Strand plans a late autumn release for the true story about the enduring love between two young women near Sicily.

Mario Cristiani, Donatella Diamanti, Maiorca and Pina Mandolfo adapted Giacomo Pilati’s novel.

Purple Seapremiered at the Rome Film Festival and will screen at this year’s Frameline Festival in San Francisco, Newfest in New York and Outfest in Los Angeles. Medus distributed in Italy.