François Girard's Silk - an adaptation of Alessandro Baricco's novel - has been acquired for distribution by Picturehouse and New Line International (the two companies will share the rights). The movie, as we discussed last month, is a period piece set in 19th century Japan, where a French silk merchant becomes involved with a woman he really shouldn't be seeing. As a result, all sorts of hot and angry chaos starring Keira Knightley and Michael Pitt erupts. The film, which has a budget around $25 million, will be shot in Japan, Egypt, and Italy starting in February.

Picturehouse is heading into only its first full year of life, but has lined up quite a slate for the next 18 months or so. In addition to Silk. they also own or share distribution rights to Fur (a biopic starring Nicole Kidman as photographer Diane Arbus), The Notorious Bettie Page, and Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion.
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