magnoliaLogoMagnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to White Bird In A Blizzard, from writer/director Gregg Araki, based on the novel by Laura Kasischke. Shailene Woodley stars as a college-bound teenager who is just discovering her sexuality when her mother disappears. As time passes, Woodley’s character comes to grips with how deeply her mother’s disappearance has affected her. She eventually finds herself confronted with the truth about her mother’s departure, and her own denial about the events surrounding it. Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane and Angela Bassett also star. Magnolia is eyeing a release for later this year. Pic was produced by Pascal Caucheteux, Sebastien K. Lemercier, Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Pavlina Hatoupis and Gregg Araki. Film is a co-production of Why Not Productions, Desperate Pictures, Orange Studio and Wild Bunch.

The deal was negotiated for Magnolia by SVP of Acquisitions Dori Begley and VP of Acquisitions Peter Van Steemburg with CAA and Wild Bunch on behalf of the filmmakers.