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Gregg Araki's Controversial New Film 'White Bird in a Blizzard' Gets a Distributor (TRAILER)

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by Ryan Lattanzio
April 11, 2014 1:31 PM
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Shailene Woodley in 'White Bird in a Blizzard'

Magnolia Pictures has acquired all North American rights to writer/director Gregg Araki's "White Bird in a Blizzard," the controversial film out of Sundance in which star Shailene Woodley bares all.

Based on the novel by Laura Kasischke, "Blizzard" is set in 1988 and centers on college-bound, sexually blooming Kat (Woodley), whose husk of a mother (Eva Green) disappears unexpectedly. While grappling with the dark truths behind her mother's departure, and the passivity of her father (Christopher Meloni) Kat comes of age, and undone. Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane and Angela Bassett costar.

Araki has been pushing the envelope since his 1992 breakout AIDS/road movie "The Living End," and has since held court in indie film with a few hits here and there, from "The Doom Generation" to his masterpiece "Mysterious Skin," another film in which he asked an attractive young actor (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) to bare more than just his soul. "White Bird in a Blizzard" is Araki's first film since 2010's pansexual apocalypse comedy "Kaboom."

Magnolia will release the film stateside later this year. The deal was negotiated for Magnolia by SVP of Acquisitions Dori Begley and VP of Acquisitions Peter Van Steemburg with CAA and Wild Bunch on behalf of the filmmakers.

Read Beth Hanna's Sundance Film Festival review here. Watch the haunting teaser trailer, featuring music by the Cocteau Twins, below. Also read Susan Wloszczyna's Career Watch column on Woodley.

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