Sony Classics grabs Almodovar’s ‘Hable’

Deal marks fourth collaboration between helmer, distrib

NEW YORK — Sony Pictures Classics has taken North American rights to “Hable con ella” (Talk to Her), Pedro Almodovar’s latest film, currently in production. SPC bought the rights from Good Machine Intl.

SPC plans a fall 2002 release for “Hable con ella,” which marks the fourth collaboration between Almodovar and the distrib. Pic was produced by Almodovar’s Madrid-based shingle, El Deseo.

GMI is handling worldwide sales outside of France, U.K. and Benelux, which El Deseo licensed directly to Pathe.

In a statement, SPC co-prexies Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and Marcie Bloom said, “Pedro Almodovar is one of the world’s finest directors. To serve him and his film is not only a pleasure, but a privilege.”

‘Successful relationship’

“It’s great to be part of such a successful relationship as the one between the Almodovars and SPC,” GMI prexy David Linde said.

For SPC, Almodovar helmed “The Flower of My Secret” and the Academy Award-winning “All About My Mother.”

SPC and GMI previously joined forces on Ang Lee’s Oscar-winning “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and the Good Machine-produced “The Tao of Steve.”

SPC veep Diane Buck negotiated the deal with GMI’s Diana Victor and Iddo Arad.

“Hable” is the second pic GMI has sold in which El Deseo participated. Anhelo Producciones used GMI to sell the Latin American rights to Guillermo Del Toro’s “El espinazo del diablo” (The Devil’s Backbone), which El Deseo co-produced with Tequila Gang, in association with Anhelo and Sogepaq.

Upcoming titles from GMI include Spike Jonze’s “Adaptation,” Todd Solondz’s “Storytelling,” Oliver Parker’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” and Robert Harmon’s “They.”

Three SPC pics recently were selected for inclusion in the London Film Festival, unspooling Nov. 7: Jan Sverak’s “Dark Blue World”; music doc “Grateful Dawg”; and first-time director Lieven Debrauwer’s “Pauline et Paulette.”

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