The Weinstein Company has acquired North American theatrical rights from Pathe to Julian Schnabel's latest film "Miral." The film - expected to bow at Venice later this summer - chronicles Hind Husseinis efforts to establish an orphanage in Jerusalem after the 1948 partition of Palestine and the creation of the state of Israel. It is based on a novel by Rula Jebreal, who also wrote the screenplay, and stars Freida Pinto. The deal was announced by Harvey and Bob Weinstein, Co-Chairman of The Weinstein Company. The Weinstein Company plans to release the film later this year.
"I have always believed that movies can have an impact on society, and even affect change," said Julian Schnabel, in a statement. "I particularly believe in the power of the individual voice that is possible with independent films. Since their beginnings, as an independent film company, the brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein have created a special place for such films, and championed them, in the United States, and also across the world. I worked with the Weinsteins on my first film, Basquiat, and I am pleased to be working with them once again, on my new film, Miral. I have enormous confidence in their tenacity, in their fearlessness, and in their commitment to present multiple perspectives. They have my total faith on Miral."