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Albert Nobbs is an upcoming film starring Glenn Close and directed by Rodrigo García. The screenplay is based on a short story by Irish novelist George Moore. Nineteenth-century Ireland was not an easy place for a single woman of no means. To keep herself from destitution’s door, Albert (Glenn Close, who played the role in an off-Broadway adaptation and is one of the film’s writers and producers) has spent over twenty years pretending to be a man.

By now it would seem that nothing could spoil her immaculate ruse, but when a handsome painter arrives at the hotel, Albert is tempted to let the mask she’s worn for so long slip away.

As she investigates the possibility of getting close to the artist, Albert attempts to secure the assistance of Helen (Mia Wasikowska), one of the hotel’s young maids, but Helen too is distracted — by a handsome young handyman (Aaron Johnson).

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Close first played the titular character in a 1982 stage production, and spent fifteen years trying to turn it into a film. The film almost went into production in the early 2000s, with director Istvan Szabo, but the financing fell apart. In addition to her starring role, Close is also a producer and co-writer with John Banville.

A Roadside Attractions (in U.S.) release presented with LD Entertainment of a Trillium Prods./Mockingbird Pictures/Parallel Films production in association with Chrysalis Films/Allen & Associates/West  End Films with the participation of Canal Plus and Bord Scannan na hEireann/Irish Film Board. (International sales: WestEnd Films, London.)

Produced by Glenn Close, Bonnie Curtis, Julie Lynn, Alan Moloney. Executive producers, Cami Goff, John C. Goff, Sharon Harel-Cohen, Daryl Roth, David E. Shaw. Co-executive producers, Marcia Allen, Teresa Amend, John Amend, John Eger. Directed by Rodrigo Garcia. Screenplay, Gabriella Prekop, John Banville, Glenn Close; story, Istvan Szabo, from a novella by George Moore.

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