SONY PICTURES CLASSICS TO RELEASE ROGER MICHELL’S ‘THE DUKE’ IN THEATERS ON MARCH 25, 2022

Sony Pictures Classics - 12/15/2021

The film’s one-week qualifying run is currently underway in Los Angeles

NEW YORK (December 15, 2021) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they will release THE DUKE, directed by Roger Michell, in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on March 25, 2022, before expanding in the following weeks. The dramedy is currently playing at the Laemmle Royal in Los Angeles for a one-week awards qualifying run, which ends December 16th.

The film stars Academy Award® winners Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren, with a screenplay by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. It is produced by Nicky Bentham and executive produced by Cameron McCracken and Jenny Borgars for Pathé, Andrea Scarso for Ingenious Media, Hugo Heppell for Screen Yorkshire, Peter Scarf, and Christopher Bunton. Previously, the film has played at the Venice and Telluride Film Festivals. It is the final film from Michell, who sadly passed away in September.

THE DUKE is set in 1961, when Kempton Bunton, a 60-year old taxi driver, stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. It was the first (and remains the only) theft in the Gallery’s history. Kempton sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting on condition that the government agreed to provide television for free to the elderly. What happened next became the stuff of legend. Only 50 years later did the full story emerge – a startling revelation of how a good man set out to change the world and in so doing saved his son and his marriage.

 

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Michael Barker and Tom Bernard serve as co-presidents of Sony Pictures Classics—an autonomous division of Sony Pictures Entertainment they founded with Marcie Bloom in January 1992—which distributes, produces, and acquires independent films from around the world. Barker and Bernard have released prestigious films that have won 41 Academy Awards® (37 of those at Sony Pictures Classics) and have garnered 181 Academy Award® nominations (155 at Sony Pictures Classics) including Best Picture nominations for THE FATHER, CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, WHIPLASH, AMOUR, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, AN EDUCATION, CAPOTE, HOWARDS END, AND CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON. 

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