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Sony Pictures Classics' Secrets: 'Mr. Turner' Opens Competition, First of Five Cannes Entries (TRAILERS)

Sony Pictures Classics is always one of the big North American buyers at Cannes. This year they're taking five movies to the Riviera festival--and plan to buy a few more. We find out some of their secrets for survival.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 15, 2014 8:12 AM
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'Foxcatcher' Gets Award Season November Release

Sony Pictures Classics will release Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" on November 14, a full year after it was scheduled to open at the AFI Film Festival 2013. Michael Barker and Tom Bernard pulled the film from that festival; it's now heading to screen in competition at Cannes. It's a big deal to be anointed a full-fledged auteur your first time playing that festival.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 23, 2014 11:49 AM
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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Soviet Hockey Doc 'Red Army' Ahead of Cannes Premiere (TRAILER)

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American, Eastern European and Asian rights to director Gabe Polsky's new documentary "Red Army" ahead of its premiere in the Cannes Film Festival Special Screening section.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 23, 2014 11:41 AM
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Sony Catches Sight of a Release Date for 'Land Ho!'

Sony Pictures Classics has given a day-and-date to Sundance acquisition "Land Ho!," Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens' buzzy Icelandic road trip comedy out of the Park City fest.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 7, 2014 3:22 PM
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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires The Who Doc 'Lambert & Stamp'

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired The Who founding story "Lambert & Stamp," which debuted well at Sundance 2014. SPC will handle the release of cinematographer-turned-director James D. Cooper’s debut documentary in multiple territories.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 20, 2014 4:39 PM
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'The Lunchbox' Review and Roundup (TRAILER, SHORT)

Ritesh Batra's feature debut, the unprepossessing indie "The Lunchbox" (February 21) has heart. The film follows up his award-winning short "Cafe Regular Cairo" (see below). The warm, well-observed romantic drama was snapped up by Sony Pictures Classics out of Cannes, where it won the viewer's choice (The Rail d'Or) award at Critics' Week. India unaccountably overlooked the indie word-of-mouth hit of Telluride and Toronto--as its Oscar submission.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 21, 2014 2:58 PM
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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Zhang Yimou's 'Coming Home'

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all rights in North America, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand to Zhang Yimou's "Coming Home." A 20th-century-spanning romantic drama about a Chinese dissident, the film stars Gong Li and Chen Daoming, and is currently in post-production.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 18, 2014 6:27 PM
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Berlin: Sony Pictures Classics Takes Claudia Llosa's 'Aloft,' Film Movement Nabs 'To Kill a Man'

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.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 7, 2014 12:10 PM
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Sony Pictures Classics Nabs Woody Allen's 'Magic in the Moonlight'

Sony Pictures Classics has snapped up their seventh Woody Allen acquisition, taking North American rights to the director's next film, "Magic in the Moonlight," a period piece set in the South of France in the 1920s. It stars Colin Firth as an Englishman who arrives to investigate a possible scam among the high society of the Riviera.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 10, 2014 11:32 AM
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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Shortlisted Foreign Oscar Contender 'The Notebook'

As expected, frequent foreign Oscar distributor Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the North American rights to World War II drama "The Notebook," the shortlisted Hungarian entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 2, 2014 7:46 PM
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