Sony picks up Swiss Oscar entry

Murer helmed pic focuses on child prodigy

BERLIN — Sony Pictures Classics has picked up North American rights to Switzerland’s foreign film Oscar candidate “Vitus.”

Fredi M. Murer’s pic about a child prodigy coming to terms with his great talent, being different and his parent’s over-protectiveness has enjoyed a strong international festival run that has included screenings in Berlin, San Sebastian, Rome and Los Angeles.

A solid box office hit in Switzerland, pic, which stars Bruno Ganz and real-life prodigy Teo Gheorghiu, has already sold to more than 20 territories, including France, China, Japan, a large part of South America, Belgium and Luxembourg.

In Germany, Bonn-based distrib Schwarz/Weiss Filmverleih releases the pic Dec. 21.

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