Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired US rights to Udayan Prasad’s The Yellow Handkerchief.

Oscar winner Arthur Cohn produced the film, loosely based on a Pete Hamill short story adapted by Erin Dignam.

William Hurt, Maria Bello, Kristen Stewart and Eddie Redmayne star in the drama about strangers from two generations who reach out for companionship during a road trip through post-Hurricane Katrina Louisiana.

Samuel Goldwyn Films plans an autumn/winter release.

Goldwyn president Meyer Gottlieb negotiated the deal with Cohn.

The Yellow Handkerchief is a richly told and beautifully complex love story with exceptional performances by William Hurt, Maria Bello, Kristen Stewart and Eddie Redmayne,” Gottlieb said. “We feel privileged to work with Arthur on this wonderful film which will resonate across all audiences.”

Cohn added: “Brilliant actors and a wonderful team have given life to this film that I now, together with Samuel Goldwyn Films, am proud to bring into American movie theatres. The Yellow Handkerchief is a quiet, emotional film renouncing to violence and special effects. I firmly believe that the time is right for this kind of poetic movie.”

Goldwyn’s slate also includes Cold Souls, Management and American Violet.