Sony Classics picks up trio

'Angels,' 'Punk,' 'Tango' to prod'n company

Sony Pictures Classics, making three strikes late in the festival, has picked up North American rights to Erick Zonca’s French drama “Dreamlife of Angels,” James Merendino’s subversive comedy “SLC Punk” and Carlos Saura’s romance pic “Tango.”

Sony also acquired the English-speaking Canada rights to “Dreamlife of Angels” from Mercure and the U.K. rights to “SLC Punk” from Beyond Films. Metropolitan picked the latter up for France.

“Dreamlife” marks the full-length feature helming debut for the 41-year-old Zonca, who has made three shorts. Francois Marquis and Sophie Goldman pro-duced.

Pic is about two 20-year-old rebellious girls with a common bond living on the fringes of society in Northern France. Mercure’s Jacques Le Glou handled the foreign sales for the pic.

“SLC” stars Matthew Lillard, Michael Goorjian, Annabeth Gish and German helmer Til Schweiger in the comic take on contempo punks.

Merendino wrote and helmed the comedy. Sam Maydew and Peter Ward produced. Action helmer Jan De Bont and Michael Peyser and Andrea Kreuzhage exec produced.

Sony said it plans to release the pic in the same release sked it had for David Mamet’s “Spanish Prisoner,” ideally with an American preem at the Sundance Film Festival followed by an April 1999 release.

Pandora Cinema sold “Tango” to Sony on the eve of its world preem at Cannes.

Pic follows a filmmaker after the breakup of his marriage as he shoots a sensual film-within-the-film.

Juan C. Codazzi, Jose Maria Calleja de la Fuente, Carlos L. Metasti and Luis A. Scalella produced “Tango.”

All three deals were brokered for Sony Classics by co-prexys Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and Marcie Bloom. VP of acquisitions Dylan Leiner also played a key role.

Pandora’s Ernst Goldschmidt and Sudy Coy and Beyond Films’ Gary Hamilton repped their companies in the negotiations.

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