SPC takes on ‘World’ for key territory rights

WWII epic teamed helmer with his scribe dad

Sony Pictures Classics has landed North American, U.K. and Australian rights to Czech director Jan Sverak’s “Dark Blue World.”

Sverak’s first feature since “Kolya,” which won the foreign film Oscar in 1997, “Dark Blue World” is a WWII epic about two Czech RAF pilots in love with the same British woman. It stars Ondrej Vetchy, Krystof Hadek and Tara Fitzgerald.

Like “Kolya,” pic teamed Sverak with screenwriter Zdenek Sverak (the helmer’s father), producer Eric Abraham and cinematographer Vladimir Smutny.

“Sony Pictures Classics was our first choice to handle ‘Dark Blue World’ in the English-speaking territories,” Abraham said.

SPC co-prexys Michael Barker and Tom Bernard called the pic “an example of the finest filmmaking coming out of Europe at this time.”

Pic has commanded the top Czech box office spot since its May 17 preem, charting 700,000 admissions to date.

It will have its North American preem as a gala screening Sept. 9 at the Toronto Film Fest.

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