Frankie & Alice , Starring Halle Berry, to Open in December

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Frankie & Alice, starring Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry, will have an awards season qualifying run on December 17, 2010, in New York and Los Angeles before its regular theatrical release, which is set for February 4, 2011, it was announced today by Freestyle Releasing.

Frankie & Alice, for which Berry also served as a producer, is a moving psychological drama based on the harrowing true story of Frankie Murdoch (Berry), a woman suffering with multiple personality disorder in early 1970s Los Angeles. Directed by Geoffrey Sax, and shot by by Newton Thomas Sigel (Valkyrie, X-Men, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, The Usual Suspects), the film also stars Stellan SkarsgĂ„rd (upcoming The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Phylicia Rashad (upcoming For Colored Girls) and Chandra Wilson (“Grey’s Anatomy”).

In anticipation of the release of Frankie & Alice, AFI Fest 2010 will feature Berry in a “Conversation on Acting with Halle Berry” on November 9th at 7pm at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Tickets will be available at AFI.com/afifest.

“Bringing this story to the big screen has been a challenging, yet very satisfying, filmmaking experience,” stated Berry. “Frankie’s struggles with mental illness came at a time when the medical community and the public were still grappling with the veracity of multiple personality disorder, and I approached this role with feelings of humility, yet great responsibility.”

Producer Vincent Cirrincione stated, “We are thrilled to have this film finished, completed and ready for release. ‘Frankie & Alice’ was a real labor of love for Halle and me, and we look forward to sharing this very personal and gripping true story with audiences.”

Producer Hassain Zaidi stated, “Halle Berry was a real driving force to help bring this story to light, and gives one of the best performances of her career.”

Frankie & Alice was produced by Berry, Vincent Cirrincione, Hassain Zaidi, and Simon DeKaric. The screenplay is by Cheryl Edwards and Marko King & Mary King & Jonathan Watters and Joe Shrapnel & Anna Waterhouse; story by Oscar Janiger & Philip Goldberg and Cheryl Edwards. Original music is by Andrew Lockington. Film editing is by David M. Richardson. Production design is by Linda Del Rosario and Richard Paris. Costume design is by Ruth E. Carter.