Good Deed Entertainment has acquired US rights to the animated drama Charlotte featuring the voices of Keira Knightley, Brenda Blethyn, Jim Broadbent and Sam Claflin.

Eddie Marsan, the late Helen McCrory, Sophie Okonedo and Mark Strong round out the voice cast on the film, inspired by German-Jewish artist Charlotte Salomon who came of age on the eve of the Second World War and created the autobiographical painting series ‘Life? Or Theatre?’.

The Canada-France-Belgium co-production premiered at Toronto and Rome this year and is scheduled to open on April 22, 2022.

A French version features the voices of Marion Cotillard and Romain Duris. Eric Warin and Tahir Rana direct from a screenplay by Erik Rutherford and David Bezmozgis.

Sierra/Affinity handles the majority of worldwide rights outside Benelux and Canada and oversaw the US deal with Good Deed. Elevation will release Charlotte in English-speaking Canada, while MK2 Mile End is distributing in Quebec, The Searchers in Benelux, and Diaphana in France.

Julia Rosenberg of January Films produces with Jerome Dopffer, Eric Goossens and Anton Roebbens. Knightley and Cotillard are executive producers alongside Morgan Emmery, Jean-Charles Levy, Cédric Iland, Bastien Sirodot, Robert Lantos, Jim Sternberg, Joe Iacono, Mark Musselman Nancy Grant, and Xavier Dolan.

Charlotte is a January Films, Les Productions Balthazar and Walking The Dog production in association with Telefilm Canada, Trinity Media Financing, Umedia, Serendipity Point Films, Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée, Eurimages, Crave, CBC Films, Ontario Creates, Screen Flanders, Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Flanders Audiovisual Fund, and Sons of Manual.