Netflix acquires Maggie Gyllenhaal’s ‘The Lost Daughter’ ahead of Venice Film Festival premiere

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Maggie Gyllenhaal appears in “The Kindergarten Teacher.” [Netflix photo]

Netflix has acquired all remaining worldwide rights to “The Lost Daughter,” the feature film directorial debut from Academy Award-nominated actor Maggie Gyllenhaal (“Crazy Heart,” “The Dark Knight”).

The film will make its world premiere in competition at the 2021 Venice International Film Festival, which is Sept. 1-11 in Italy.

The deal furthers Netflix’s relationship with Gyllenhaal following the 2018 release of “The Kindergarten Teacher,” which she starred in, earning rave reviews from critics.

“I’m thrilled to be working with Netflix again. They have supported so much of the work I am most proud of, and this is no exception. Netflix has consistently championed filmmakers that excite and inspire me and I’m delighted to be included in that company,” Gyllenhaal said in a statement.

Gyllenhaal adapted the script for “The Lost Daughter” based on the 2006 novel from best-selling author Elena Ferrante. “The Lost Daughter” centers on a woman whose beach vacation takes a dark turn when she begins to confront the troubles of her past.

Olivia Colman stars in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s feature film directorial debut, “The Lost Daughter.” [Netflix photo]

Production took place in Greece in 2020. The film stars Academy Award and Emmy Award winner Olivia Colman (“The Favourite,” “The Crown”), Jessie Buckley (“I’m Thinking Of Ending Things”), Dakota Johnson (“A Bigger Splash,” “The High Note”), Peter Sarsgaard (“Jackie”), Paul Mescal (“Normal People”), Oliver Jackson-Cohen (“The Invisible Man”), Ed Harris (“Westworld”) and Dagmara Domińczyk (“Succession”).

Along with Gyllenhaal, producers are Talia Kleinhendler and Osnat Handelsman-Keren for Pie Films, Charles Dorfman for Samuel Marshall Films and Endeavor Content. Netflix acquired the film from the latter.

“We are honored to be part of this special journey with Maggie, her extraordinary group of collaborators, and now our new partners at Netflix, to bring this powerfully complex story to audiences around the world,” said Endeavor Content’s Deborah McIntosh and Negeen Yazdi in a statement.

Other distributors for “The Lost Daughter” include eOne (UK/Benelux/Germany); Empire (South Africa); Pathé (Switzerland); Spentzos (Greece); Sena (Iceland); Bim (Italy); Vertigo (Spain); NOS Lusomundo (Portugal); Svensk (Scandinavia); Bir (Turkey); Blitz (the former Yugoslavia); Monolith (Poland); United King (Israel); Falcon (Indonesia); Green Narae (South Korea); and Salim Ramia (the Middle East).


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