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Sony Pictures Classics Nabs Jacques Audiard's 'Rust and Bone'

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 1, 2012 at 7:55PM

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American, Latin American and Eastern European rights to Jacques Audiard's recently wrapped romantic mystery "Rust and Bone," from Hengameh Panahi of Celluloid Dreams.
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Marion Cotillard
Marion Cotillard

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American, Latin American and Eastern European rights to Jacques Audiard's recently wrapped romantic mystery "Rust and Bone," from Hengameh Panahi of Celluloid Dreams.  The French filmmaker's follow-up to his Oscar-nominated "A Prophet," the film was adapted by Audiard and Thomas Bidegain from a book of short stories by Craig Davidson.

Marion Cotillard ("La Vie en Rose," "Inception," "Midnight in Paris") plays a whale trainer; while filming in the south of France, paparazzi went wild with shots of her swimming nude in the Mediterranean. Cotillard stars opposite Matthias Schoenarts, who stars in Oscar-nominated Belgian foreign entry "Bullhead."

SPC has released two other films by producer Pascal Caucheteux--"Of Gods and Men" and "A Prophet." Michael Barker and Tom Bernard serve as co-presidents of SPC, which has won 23 Oscars and 101 nominations; this year's noms include Woody Allen's Best Picture nominee "MIdnight in Paris" and foreign nominees "A Separation," "In Darkness" and "Footnote."

This article is related to: Sony Pictures Classics, Sony/Screen Gems/Sony Pictures Classics


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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.