Magnolia Pictures Picks Up White Bird in a Blizzard Starring Shailene Woodley

Magnolia Pictures Acquires White Bird in a Blizzard
Shailene Woodley stars in 'White Bird in a Blizzard' (Photo by Sandra Valde-Hansen/Courtesy of Sundance Institute)
White Bird in a Blizzard from writer/director Gregg Araki (Mysterious Skin) has been acquired by Magnolia Pictures for distribution in North America. Shailene Woodley (Divergent, The Spectacular Now) stars in the dramatic film based on the critically acclaimed novel by Laura Kasischke and produced by Araki, Pascal Caucheteux, Sebastien K. Lemercier, Alix Madigan-Yorkin, and Pavlina Hatoupis.
 
The cast also includes Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane and Angela Bassett.
 
“We are longtime admirers of the singular Gregg Araki, who brings his unique vision to this funny, sexy and haunting film,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “Shailene Woodley truly shines with a bold and fearless performance that showcases the depth of her talent.”


“I’m thrilled for this opportunity to collaborate with Magnolia, one of the boldest, smartest companies around. White Bird is a true labor of love for me and the most amazing family of actors I’ve ever worked with,” said Araki. “I can’t wait for the world to see the film.”
 
The Plot:
 
The film is set in 1988. Woodley stars as Kat, a college-bound teenager who is just discovering and relishing her newfound sexuality, when her mother (Green), a beautiful, enigmatic, and haunted woman, disappears. Having lived for so long in a stifled, emotionally repressed household, Kat barely registers her mother’s absence and certainly doesn’t blame her doormat of a father, Brock (Meloni), for the loss. But as time passes, Kat begins to come to grips with how deeply Eve’s disappearance has affected her. Returning home on a break from college, she finds herself confronted with the truth about her mother’s departure, and her own denial about the events surrounding it.
 

 
Source: Magnolia Pictures
 
-By Rebecca Murray

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