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Sony Pictures Classics Hits the Croisette, Buys 'Love is All You Need'

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 16, 2012 at 12:58PM

Always a major North American presence on the Cannes Croisette, Sony Pictures Classics covers the official selection and market screenings like a blanket. In many ways it's the unfinished material that tests the mettle of the buyers. Which movies are ready to bid on, sight unseen, off bits of footage and scripts?
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'Love is All You Need'
'Love is All You Need'

Always a major North American presence on the Cannes Croisette, Sony Pictures Classics covers the official selection and market screenings like a blanket. In many ways it's the unfinished material that tests the mettle of the buyers. Which movies are ready to bid on, sight unseen, off bits of footage and scripts? Each buyer waits as long as possible before making the final decision.

Often it's about relationships. SPC has a long one with Danish director Susanne Bier (SPC's foreign Oscar winner "In a Better World") and has bought all North American rights to Italy-set romantic comedy "Love is All You Need" from Scandinavian sales company, TrustNordisk. "Love Is All You Need" stars Pierce Brosnan, Trine Dyrholm and Paprika Steen.

And SPC ardently believes--unlike their rivals IFC and Magnolia--in the vitality of the theatrical marketplace, as Oscar-winner  "Midnight in Paris"' long run proves. "We believe that theatrical is the key to success of any movie we buy," says co-president Tom Bernard.

The film is produced by Sisse Graum Jørgensen and Vibeke Windeløv of Zentropa Entertainments 29 in co-production with Lumiere & Co., Slot Machine, Zentropa International France, Film i Väst, Zentropa International Berlin, Zentropa International Sweden, Danmarks Radio, Sveriges Television, Arte France Cinéma, Network Movie, ZDF, Arte, Longride and with support from The Danish Filminstitute, The Swedish Film Institute, Eurimages, Nordisk Film & TV-Fond, Canal +, Ciné +, RAI Cinema and the MEDIA Programme of the European Union. Domestic distribution in co-operation with Nordisk Film A/S.

This article is related to: Cannes Film Festival, Cannes, Festivals, Festivals


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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.