‘Lola’ runs to pact

Sony Classics catches rights to German hit

TORONTO — Following intense speculation that Miramax Films would buy the German-language thriller “Run Lola Run,” Sony Pictures Classics picked up North American, U.K., Latin American and other territorial rights to the pic on the eve of its public screening at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival.

SPC co-presidents Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and Marcie Bloom bought the film, which previously screened at the Venice fest, from sales agent Bavaria Film Intl. Artisan was also a contender for the film.

Set in Berlin, “Lola” tells the story of a young woman who must come up with 100,000 German marks in just 20 minutes in order to save her boyfriend’s life. Director Tom Tykwer wrote the screenplay and the music.

“Lola” was produced by X-Filme Creative Pool and executive produced by Stefan Arndt. It stars Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtrau and Herbert Knaup.

Past winners

Tykwer’s first film, “Deadly Maria” was named best film of the year by the German Film Critics Assn. in 1994. His 1997 effort “Wintersleepers” screened in Toronto last year.

“Tom Tykwer, Stefan Arndt and X-Filme are people that we have wanted to have a relationship with for a long time,” SPC’s Barker said. “We are great fans of Tom’s work as a director and see their company as a major player in the marketplace in the future.”

“We are anticipating that with the distribution of ‘Run Lola Run’ that X-Filme will mark its place internationally as a production company that brings to worldwide audiences a wide range of films all sharing a high standard of uniqueness and quality,” Arndt said.

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