First World War drama sold by Protagonist Pictures to North America, Latin America and Asia.

Testament Of Youth

Sony Pictures Classics announced has acquired the rights in North America, Latin America and Asia to Testament of Youth. Based on Vera Brittain’s First World War memoir of the same name, the deal was negotiated with Mike Goodridge and Vanessa Saal for Protagonist Pictures and SPC.

The film, directed by James Kent and adapted by Juliette Towhidi, stars Alicia Vikander and Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington.

Vikander plays Brittain, who idyllic life in the countryside is shattered when the First World War sees those closest to her called to the front line. It follows her story as she abandons a Oxford University scholarship to enter the fray as a nurse and deals with the struggle of love and loss during wartime.

Speaking of the deal, director Kent said: “The prospect of this extraordinary story being cherished by an American audience is extremely exciting.”

Testament of Youth received its world premiere at the London Film Festival and opens in the UK this weekend.

Producers are David Heyman and Rosie Alison of Heyday Films. The film was co-produced by Celia Duval, and executive produced by Christine Langan and Joe Oppenheimer of BBC Films, Richard Mansell, Zygi Kamasa of Lionsgate UK, Hugo Heppell of Screen Yorkshire, and Henrik Zein of Nordisk.

The film was funded by BBC Films, Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund, BFI, Nordisk Film Production, Lipsync and Ingenious.