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Helen Mirren’s “Debt” picked up by Focus Features


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: “The Debt,” an espionage thriller with Sam Worthington and Helen Mirren, held its premiere at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Four months later, it found a home.

Focus Features and Universal Pictures International have agreed to distribute the film for Miramax, choosing Wednesday, Aug. 31 as the film’s release date. UPI will handle international distribution.

Directed by Academy Award nominee John Madden (“Shakespeare in Love”), “The Debt” stars Mirren as a retired Mossad secret agent must relive a decades-old assignment, where she and her colleagues tracked down Nazi war criminals in East Berlin.

Mike Lang, CEO of Miramax, said, “We are very pleased to announce our partnership with Focus and UPI. “The Debt” continues Miramax’s proud history of producing the highest-quality films, with the most respected talent and directors. We believe the film will be well-received by audiences worldwide, and it will be a powerful addition to the Miramax library.”

“Given Focus’ tradition of dramatic thrillers that unfold in exotic locations, “The Debt” makes for a worthy addition to our 2011 release slate,” said Focus CEO James Schamus. “The picture is taut with nail-biting tension, and spotlights powerful performances from its gifted cast. We are also excited to partner with Miramax and its new team.”

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