Cynthia Nixon’s Emily Dickinson Drama ‘A Quiet Passion’ Acquired by Music Box Films

Toronto 2016: The film about poet is directed by Terence Davies

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The U.S. rights to Cynthia Nixon‘s “A Quiet Passion” have been acquired by Music Box Films following the film’s North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Directed by Terence Davies, the film is about the famous 19th century American poet Emily Dickinson, who wrote almost 1800 poems, most of which were unpublished during her lifetime. “A Quiet Passion” had its international premiere at the 2016 Berlinale.

The cast also includes Jennifer Ehle, Keith Carradine and Duncan Duff. “A Quiet Passion” was produced by Roy Boulter and Sol Papadopoulos of Hurricane Films (who had previously produced Davies’ “Sunset Song” and “Of Time and the City”) with Potemkino.

Executive producers include Gibson & MacLeod and Double Dutch International. The U.S. deal was negotiated by Nick Shumaker of UTA representing the producers and Music Box Films president William Schopf.

“We feel very lucky to be entrusted with Terence’s latest. He is a singular filmmaker and ‘A Quiet Passion’ shows him working at his most sublime,” said Music Box Films managing director Edward Arentz.

Musix Box Films also previously released Davies’ “The Deep Blue Sea,” which was acquired out of Toronto in 2011, and starred Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston.

An early 2017 theatrical release is planned for “A Quiet Passion.”