Stone Angel, The: Drama Starring Ellen Burstyn Acquired by Vivendi

June 27, 2008–“The Stone Angel,” starring Ellen Burstyn, was picked up by Vivendi. Directed, written and produced by Kari Skogland, picture also stars Ellen Page and Christine Horne.

The plot, based on Margaret Laurence's novel, follows a rebellious woman who's at odds with her family and friends but trying to reconcile the choices she made as she looks back on her life and faces the prospect of entering a nursing home.

“Stone Angel” opened in Canada in May and is set for domestic release on July 11 in select markets including N.Y. and Los Angeles; it will expand on July 25.

The film is a production of Handmade Films Intl. and Alliance Films with the participation of Telefilm Canada, Buffalo Gal Pictures and Skogland Films Production.

Vivendi Entertainment, a division of Universal Music Group, launched 3 years ago as a DVD company. In March, Vivendi Entertainment announced its arrival as a theatrical division and full-service film distribution company.

Shingle plans to distribute eight to 12 films annually with production budgets ranging from $5 million to $40 million and varying P&A commitments.

Vivendi will release the multihelmer anthology film “New York, I Love You” in the first quarter of 2009.