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Berlin: Sony Pictures Classics Takes Claudia Llosa's 'Aloft,' Film Movement Nabs 'To Kill a Man'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood February 7, 2014 at 12:10PM

Sony Pictures Classics made the first major deal of the Berlinale, nabbing US and Latin America rights to the competition title "Aloft." The film is the English-language debut of Peruvian filmmaker Claudia LLosa (Oscar-nominated "The Milk of Sorrow") and stars Jennifer Connelly, Cillian Murphy, Melanie Laurent and William Shimell.
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"Aloft"
"Aloft"

Sony Pictures Classics made the first major deal of the Berlinale, nabbing US and Latin America rights to the competition title "Aloft." The film is the English-language debut of Peruvian filmmaker Claudia LLosa (Oscar-nominated "The Milk of Sorrow") and stars Jennifer Connelly, Cillian Murphy, Melanie Laurent and William Shimell.

'To Kill a Man'
'To Kill a Man'

Connelly plays Nana, a mother working hard to become an artist and healer, while Laurent is a young journalist who tracks down Nana's son (Murphy), abandoned by his mother 20 years earlier. The story unfolds as the two begin to rebuild a relationship.

Llosa has a strong history with Berlin, as "The Milk of Sorrow" also scored the festival's Golden Bear in 2009.

Meanwhile, Film Movement has taken North American rights for "To Kill a Man," also screening in Berlin. The deal was struck in the final days of Sundance, and finalized at the Berlinale. Directed by Chilean Alejandro Fernandez Almendres, the buzzy genre item follows a man who takes justice into his own hands when his children are put in danger. The film won Locarno's Carte Blanche rough cut showcase.


This article is related to: Festivals, Berlin International Film Festival, Claudia Llosa, Claudia Llosa, Jennifer Connelly, Aloft, Sony Pictures Classics, Film Movement, To Kill a Man


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.