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Sundance 2016: Roadside Attractions, Amazon Team Up for Whit Stillman’s ‘Love & Friendship’

Studios will partner for the domestic theatrical release of period comedy starring Kate Beckinsale, Chloe Sevigny and Stephen Fry

Roadside Attractions and Amazon Studios are partnering for the domestic theatrical release of “Love & Friendship,” a period comedy directed by Whit Stillman.

Set in the 1790s, the film stars Kate Beckinsale, Chloe Sevigny, Stephen Fry, Xavier Samuel and Emma Greenwell.

The writer/director of “Metropolitan” and “The Last Days of Disco’s” latest work is based on a posthumously published, little-read Jane Austen novel called “Lady Susan,” whose heroine, Lady Susan Vernon (Beckinsale), is intelligent, irresistible and entirely lacking in scruples. She is aided in her trouble-making by her conniving American sidekick, Alicia Johnson (Sevigny).

The plot follows Lady Susan’s trip to her in-laws to face the colorful rumors about her dalliances that are circulating through polite society. While there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and her reluctant debutante daughter, Frederica (Morfydd Clark).

Amazon acquired the North American rights for “Love & Friendship” in the summer of 2015, and the partnership with Roadside Attractions means that it will also come to theaters, following in the footsteps of Spike Lee‘s “Chi-Raq,” which got a theatrical release in advance of a streaming rollout on Amazon.

“Love & Friendship” premieres Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Sundance Film Festival.