Simon Stone's Australian drama will get late 2016 release in north America.

21 Jul 2016 - 12:32 PM  UPDATED 21 Jul 2016 - 12:32 PM

Kino Lorber has secured U.S. distribution rights for Simon Stone's Australian drama The Daughter, which stars Geoffrey Rush, Ewen Leslie, Paul Schneider, Sam Neill, Miranda Otto and Anna Torv.

The movie was produced by Jan Chapman (The Piano) and Nicole O'Donohue (The Last Impresario) and financed by principal investor Screen Australia, in association with Screen NSW, Roadshow Films, Kazstar and The Gingerbread Man.

Kino Lorber is planning a national theatrical release in the northern winter.

The Daughter follows Paul Schneider's character who returns to his family home to see his estranged father (Rush) marry a much younger woman (Torv). He reconnects with his childhood friend who has stayed in town working at his father's timber mill and is now out of a job, discovers a family secret and tries to right the wrongs of the past.

The film -- inspired by Henrik Ibsen's "The Wild Duck" -- debuted in competition at the 2015 Sydney Film Festival and was the closing night film at Venice Days and a special presentation at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival.

Rochelle Siemienowicz in her review for SBS Movies called The Daughter an "emotionally affecting drama backed up by visual beauty and technical excellence".  Eddie Cockrell for Variety said that it was "deeply involving and emotionally searing."

The rights deal was made by Mongrel International, which has sold The Daughter to 45 territories.

The Daughter movie review: A family drama up there with the best of them
A haunting family drama up there with the best of them.
Geoffrey Rush, Sam Neill, Miranda Otto headline The Daughter

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