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Par to bring ‘Sunshine’ in

Fiennes starrer received Euro film nods

Paramount Classics has acquired U.S. rights to “Sunshine” and has slated the pic for a late-spring or early-summer release.

Istvan Szabo (“Mephisto”) directed, Ralph Fiennes stars, while Robert Lantos and Andras Hamori (“The Sweet Hereafter”) produced.

Lantos told Daily Variety: “I wanted the film to have a home in the U.S. The film deserves and needs it. I am confident that Ruth Vitale and David Dinerstein at Paramount Classics are the right people to help create an awareness for it, not just push it out in the marketplace.”

“Sunshine” is an Alliance Atlantis Communications and Serendipity Point Films presentation in association with Kinowelt.

The pic recently received 14 Genie nominations in Canada and three European Film Awards including screenplay kudos for Szabo and Israel Horovitz.

Spanning three generations, story revolves around a family that rises from humble origins to wealth and power, only to fall victim to the events that defined Europe over the past century. Fiennes plays the three leading roles.

Alliance Atlantis’ Patrice Theroux said, ” ‘Sunshine’ is a powerful reflection of 100 years of history which will resonate with audiences around the world.”

“Sunshine” co-stars Rosemary Harris, Rachel Weisz and William Hurt, among others.

Also, forthcoming from Paramount Classics are such films as “Passion of Mind,” starring Demi Moore and Stellan Skarsgard; “The Gift,” starring Cate Blanchett; and “The Virgin Suicides,” Sofia Coppola’s directorial debut starring Kirsten Dunst, James Woods and Kathleen Turner.

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