Sony Pictures Classics has gone on a late-fest buying spree, snapping up North American rights to two Cannes titles, competition pic “Lorna’s Silence” and Un Certain Regard’s “O’Horten.”
Sony’s specialty distrib is also expected to close a deal for all rights to James Toback’s Mike Tyson docu, “Tyson,” in the next few days.
“Lorna’s Silence” was written and directed by Belgian filmmakers Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne. Pic revolves around an Albanian woman having second thoughts about taking part in a cold-blooded immigration scam. Dardennes brothers previously won Cannes’ Palme d’Or for 1999’s “Rosetta” and 2005’s “L’ Enfant.”
“O’Horten” is the fifth feature from Norwegian filmmaker Bent Hamer, whose previous works include the 2005 Charles Bukowski adaptation “Factotum.” Tragicomedy focused on an ultra-dedicated train engineer struggling to transition into retirement.