– by Gig Patta

Lady Bird is winning certain reviews out of Telluride and Toronto International Film Festivals this past week.

For Focus Features, the studio has announced that it acquired the international rights to Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut. Focus Features will handle all distribution outside of North America.

The film stars Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf and Tracy Letts in a film excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter.

“With Lady Bird, Greta has proven herself to be both a brilliant illusionist and a towering filmmaker. She tricks us into believing this is an intimate story about a specific character, time, and place until the culmination of the laughter and tears make you realize it’s actually a grand epic that is as universal, relatable and emotionally powerful as any story of mothers and daughters that has ever been put on film,” said Focus Chairman Peter Kujawski in a press release.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father (Letts) loses his job.

The film is set in Sacramento, Calif. in 2002, amidst a rapidly changing American economic landscape. Lady Bird looks at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.

A24 and IAC Films are partners on the movie. Scott Rudin, Eli Bush and Evelyn O’Neill are the producers.

The release date is November 10, 2017.

Source: Focus Features press release

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.