Studio nabs rights to drama about French monks

Sony Pictures Classics nabbed all rights in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand to Cannes competition screener “Of Gods and Men” from sales agent Wild Bunch.

Pic was directed by Xavier Beauvois and written by Beauvois and Etienne Comar; Pascal Caucheteux for Why Not Productions (“A Prophet”) produced in conjunction with Comar, Armada Films and France Cinema 3.

“Of Gods and Men” is based on an actual incident in which seven French monks, who lived in harmony with the local Muslim population, were allegedly executed by Islamists during the Algerian Civil War.

“Audiences are going to love this important movie. We are honored to bring it to them and are happy to be working again with our friends at Wild Bunch and producer Pascal Caucheteux,” said Sony Pictures Classics in a statement.

Earlier at Cannes, SPC picked up Mike Leigh’s competition pic ‘Another Year.”

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