IFC Films has nabbed U.S. rights to “Falling for Figaro,” a romantic comedy set in the world of opera singing competitions. The film is directed by Ben Lewin and stars Joanna Lumley and Danielle Macdonald. Ben Lewin is the filmmaker behind “The Catcher Was A Spy” and “The Sessions.”
The movie follows a brilliant young fund manager named Millie (Macdonald), who quits her job and ends things with her longtime boyfriend in order to fulfill her dream of becoming an opera singer in the Scottish Highlands. She begins intense vocal training lessons with renowned but fearsome singing teacher and former opera diva Meghan Geoffrey-Bishop (Lumley). It is there she meets Max, another of Meghan’s students who is also training for the upcoming “Singer of Renown” contest. The competition between Millie and Max gradually evolves into something different and deeper.
“We’re thrilled to work with Ben again after the success of ‘The Catcher Was a Spy’ We see the same clear path to audiences with yet another heartfelt and supremely entertaining film in ‘Falling for Figaro” Arianna Bocco, president of IFC Films said.
“I associate IFC Films with classy and exciting products,” Lewin said. “I am very proud to be working with them again, particularly on such a different and delightfully fun movie.”
“Falling for Figaro” also stars Hugh Skinner, Gary Lewis, Shazad Latif and Rebecca Benson. The film is an official Australian and UK co-production written by Lewin and Allen P and Arabella Page Croft. IFC Films will release “Falling for Figaro” in 2021.