Focus Features has acquired international rights to Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut Lady Bird, which recently screened at the Telluride and Toronto International Film Festivals.
Focus will be handling distribution in all territories outside of North America. A24 and IAC Films are partners on the film, which is produced by Scott Rudin, Eli Bush and Evelyn O’Neill.
Lady Bird stars Saoirse Ronan as Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson, who fights with her strong-willed mother (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. The film is set in California in 2002, reflecting a rapidly shifting American economic landscape.
Focus Chairman Peter Kujawski said: “With Lady Bird, Greta has proven herself to be both a brilliant illusionist and a towering filmmaker. She tricks us into believing this is an intimate story about a specific character, time, and place until the culmination of the laughter and the tears makes you realize it’s actually a grand epic that is as universal, relatable and emotionally powerful as any story of mothers and daughters that has ever been put on film.”
He adds: “We couldn’t be more honored to team with Greta and our friends at A24 and IAC to share her incredible work with audiences around the world.”