Maggie Gyllenhaal to make directorial debut adapting Elena Ferrante novel ‘The Lost Daughter’

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Oscar-nominated actor Maggie Gyllenhaal (“Crazy Heart,” “The Dark Knight,” HBO’s “The Deuce”) 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 for and produce alongside Pie Films’ Talia Kleinhendler and Osnat Handelsman-Keren, according to

“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. A small, seemingly meaningless event leads to Leda becoming overwhelmed by memories of the difficult and unconventional choices she made as a mother and their consequences for herself and her family.

A release date and casting details for “The Lost Daughter” have yet to be announced.

Prior to acquiring rights to the book, Pie Films previously worked with Gyllenhaal on Netflix’s psychological drama “The Kindergarten Teacher,” due out Friday. Gyllenhaal received near universal acclaim upon the film’s debut at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, according to


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