Focus World has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the Morgan Freeman-Diane Keaton comedy “Ruth & Alex.”
The story takes place over a weekend where a couple must decide whether to sell the Brooklyn walk-up they have lived in for 40 years. The couple has to contend with their pushy realtor-niece, who is played by Cynthia Nixon.
The film, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, is directed by Richard Loncraine from a screenplay by Charlie Peters based on the Jill Ciment novel “Heroic Measures.”
Producers are Lori McCreary and Tracy Mercer via Freeman and McCreary’s Revelations Entertainment banner, Curtis Burch through his Latitude Entertainment banner and Peters. Exec producers are Freeman, Sam Hoffman, Manu Propria Entertainment’s Richard Toussaint, Wade Barker and Gary Ellis, and Latitude Productions’ Bob Gass and Judy Burch Gass.
The deal was negotiated by Anjay Nagpal of Focus World and WME Global and CAA on behalf of the filmmakers. Myriad Pictures is overseeing international sales.