The Wagner/Cuban Companies’ Magnolia Pictures announced today that it has acquired U.S. rights to “Ondine,” the latest from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Neil Jordan who wrote, directed and produced. Starring Colin Farrell, Stephen Rea, and beautiful newcomer Alicja Bachleda in the title role, the film was also produced by Ben Browning and James Flynn for Wayfare Entertainment, and executive produced by Michael Maher and Peter Rawlinson. It will be released early this summer as part of Magnolia’s Ultra VOD program, debuting on video on demand systems nationwide a month prior to its theatrical release.
“Ondine” is the enchanting story of Syracuse (Farrell), a lonely fisherman who one day pulls a beautiful woman named Ondine (Bachleda) out of the sea in his nets. His young daughter Annie is convinced that she is a “selkie” —a creature from Irish folklore much like a mermaid. Syracuse has his doubts, but as Ondine brings some luck and joy to his otherwise downcast life, he starts to come around as well.”Ondine” deftly blends romance and fantasy with the realism of modern life in an Irish seaside town.
“This film was a labor of love, and I’m looking forward to working with Magnolia to give it the audience it deserves,” said director Neil Jordan.
“Ondine is an incredibly charming work from one of our most original filmmakers,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “Colin Farrell’s performance is fantastic and we’re confident American audiences will fall in love with Ondine.”
“We’re excited to be working with a forward-thinking distributor like Magnolia that believes “Ondine” has as much potential in the USA as we do,” said Wayfare’s Browning.
The deal was negotiated by Magnolia SVP Tom Quinn and VP of Acquisitions Dori Begley, with CAA, which also packaged the project, and Ben Browning from Wayfare Entertainment.