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August 30, 2012- monterey media announces the acquisition of United States rights for all media to the uniquely moving film "LEONIE" from director/co-writer/producer Hisako Matsui. "LEONIE" stars Emily Mortimer (HBO’s "The Newsroom", Hugo, Shutter Island, Lars and the Real Girl) and co-stars 3-time Emmy nominee Christina Hendricks ("Mad Men", Drive, Detachment, Life as We Know It) and Shidô Nakamura (Letters from Iwo Jima, Fearless, Red Cliff). The film is produced by Hisako Matsui, Ashok Amritraj, Masao Nagai, Yuuki Itoh, Patrick Aiello, Joyce Jun, Shuichi Fukatsu and Manu Gargi. The deal was brokered by ICM Partners on behalf of filmmakers. The agency also represents Mortimer along with Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Independent Talent. monterey plans a winter theatrical release for "LEONIE."

About "Leonie"
Based on the true story, Emily Mortimer stars as journalist, educator and editor Leonie Gilmour, who falls in love with famous Japanese poet, Yone Noguchi (Shidô Nakamura), and gives birth to a son: world renowned artist and architect Isamu Noguchi (Herman Miller furniture, Martha Graham set design for her dance productions, sculptures such as: Red Cube in New York City, Black Sun in Seattle and Sky Gate in Honolulu).

About the Production
Acclaimed director Hisako Matsui found inspiration in Leonie’s life story seven years ago, when she read Masayo Duus’ The Life of Isamu Noguchi. Determined to share the tale of this extraordinary woman with the world, Matsui spent several years working through fourteen drafts of the screenplay. The resulting film, shot on location all across Japan and the U.S., brought together an impressive, international ensemble of talented filmmakers including Academy Award winning composer Jan A.P. Kaczmarek (for Finding Neverland), director of photography Tetsuo Nagata (La Vie en Rose) and accomplished producer Ashok Amritraj (Ghostrider: Spirit of Vengeance, Bringing Down the House).

About monterey media
monterey media inc. is celebrating 30 plus years as an exclusive distributor of quality motion pictures and programs. Specializing in uniquely tailored distribution and marketing for independent films, and actively engaged in all areas of domestic media, monterey media films have been nominated for a Golden Globe Award, Independent Spirit Award, and NAACP Image Award. Our films include premieres at the Sundance Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, SXSW, and the Tribeca Film Festival, as well as a film on Roger Ebert’s 10 Best Independent Films list.

Jenny Manocchio
Publicity Director

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Feinstein/McGuiness PR

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