Maggie Gyllenhaal to Direct Adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s THE LOST DAUGHTER – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Maggie Gyllenhaal will make her directorial debut with a film adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s 2006 novel The Lost Daughter. Under her Pilot Productions banner, Gyllenhaal also will develop the script and produce alongside Pie Films’ Talia Kleinhendler and Osnat Handelsman-Keren.

The Lost Daughter follows Leda, a middle-aged divorcee devoted to her work as an English teacher and to her two children. When her daughters leave home to be with their father in Canada, Leda anticipates a period of loneliness; instead, she is slightly embarrassed to realize she feels liberated and decides to take a holiday in a small coastal town in southern Italy. But after a few days of calm and quiet, things begin to take a menacing turn when Leda encounters a big, brash family. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for