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

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by Beth Hanna
February 7, 2014 12:10 PM
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Jennifer Connelly in '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'

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.


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