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Israeli director to helm romantic drama starring Ellen Page, Kate Mara

The Toronto Film Festival features the world premiere of "Freeheld" starring Oscar winner Julianne Moore and Ellen Page, pictured on May 10, 2014
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'Princess' filmmaker Tali Shalom Ezer set to direct acclaimed actresses in 'Mercy'

Israeli film director Tali Shalom Ezer is set to make the romantic drama "Mercy" with stars Ellen Page and Kate Mara, Variety reported on Thursday.

Ezer made her feature film directorial debut with the acclaimed "Princess", which was made in Israel and which won three awards at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

"Page is portraying Lucy, the daughter of a man on death row falling in love with Mara’s Mercy character, a woman on the opposing side of her family’s political cause," Variety reported. "As a result, Lucy’s value for truth is tested as her world begins to unravel."

The two actors will be producing the film, along with Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa of Killer Films. Killer Films has produced critically acclaimed independent films for decades, including “Still Alice”, “Far From Heaven”, “Boys Don’t Cry”, and "Carol".

“We were so enthralled by Tali’s first film and have been looking to work with Ellen and Kate for years," Vachon and Hinojosa said in a statement. "This is the perfect project to bring everybody together.”

Page's began garnering attention when she starred in the 2005 film "Hard Candy", and her role in 2007's "Juno" brought her an Academy Award nomination and widespread acclaim. She has also starred in the highly successful "X-Men" franchise and "Inception".

Page, 29, publicly announced that she was gay in 2014. “I suffered for years because I was afraid to be out," she said. "My spirit suffered, my mental health suffered and my relationships suffered. And I’m standing here today with all of you on the other side of that pain.”

Mara is likely best-known for her Emmy-nominated role on Netflix's "House of Cards" and also appeared in 2015's "The Martian".    


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