Last September, TIFF screened the world premiere of war drama Fugitive Pieces, which went on to screen at Vancouver's fest, then Warsaw, Roma, and Thessaloniki. In December, it received the honor of being one of Canada's Top Ten. Now The Hollywood Reporter posts that Samuel Goldwyn Films has picked up the rights to the film, starting with a U.S. premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in February. A few months after that, the company plans to release the film to larger audiences this May.

Written and directed by Dexter and Six Feet Under alum and Toronto native Jeremy Podeswa, Fugitive Pieces is based on the novel by Anne Michaels. Set during World War II, the film follows a young boy's life after his Jewish parents and sister are attacked and taken by the Nazi army as he hid. He flees to the woods, and is brought to Greece by an archaeologist who takes care of him. When the war is over, the two move to Toronto, but Jakob can't leave his painful memories behind. Throughout his life, he is haunted by the memories of the horrific experience, and as THR describes it, he "attempts to deal with his losses through writing and the discovery of true love." It sounds like a heart-wrenching, yet sort of hopeful, flick that's just perfect for a showery May day.
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