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Amazon Studios Acquires Phyllida Lloyd’s ‘Herself’

Sundance 2020: Streamer is planning a theatrical release later this year

Amazon Studios acquired the North American rights to Phyllida Lloyd’s “Herself” out of the Sundance Film Festival, the distributor announced Sunday.

The distributor is planning a theatrical release for the film later this year. No financial details were disclosed.

“Herself” follows single mother Sandra, who escapes her abusive partner with her two young children, but soon finds herself trapped in temporary accommodations. She then comes up with the idea to self-build an affordable home with the help of friends and neighbors.

The film stars Clare Dunne as Sandra, as well as Harriet Walter and Conleth Hill. Dunne wrote the script with Malcolm Campbell.

Rory Gilmartin, Sharon Horgan and Ed Guiney are producing, while Andrew Lowe, Clelia Mountford, Rose Garnett, Alison Thompson and Mary Burke executive produced.

The film was co-developed by Element Pictures and Merman. Cornerstone Films is handling worldwide sales and distribution.

This is the first major deal on the ground at the festival — Rebecca Hall’s “The Night House” is reportedly closing a deal with Searchlight Pictures.