Aussie-French cougar romance Two Mothers gets US distribution

An Australian-French co-production has been picked up for distribution in the US market.

Cougar drama Two Mothers, set in Australia and starring Naomi Watts and Robin Wright, has been acquired by Exclusive Releasing following its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

The new distribution arm of Exclusive Media has picked up the rights to the US to distribute as a simultaneous release across both theatres and video on demand.

The film is directed by Anne Fontaine, written by Academy Award winner Christopher Hampton based on a Doris Lessing short story.

The story follows Watts and Wright’s characters, two lifelong friends, who each fall in love with the other’s son, played by Australians Xavier Samuel and James Frecheville.

First reviews for the film have been mixed.

It’s produced by Hopscotch Feature’s Andrew Mason plus Barbara Gibbs, as well as Michelle Feller and Philippe Carscassonne for Ciné-@, Mon Voisin Productions, Guamont and France 2 Cinema.

Watts and Hopscotch Films’ Troy Lum are executive producers alongside Sidonie Dumas.

Hopscotch Films is distributing the film locally, but no date has been set yet.

Exclusive Releasing was announced at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and Two Mothers is the company’s first release.

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