Sony nabs rights to Villeneuve's pic

TORONTO — Sony Pictures Classics has snapped up domestic rights for Denis Villeneuve’s “Incendies” from Entertainment One (eOne).

Sale comes after the pic screened favorably at both Venice and Telluride Film fests.

Deal was negotiated by eOne Films International EVP Charlotte Mickie and SPC co-prexy and co-founder Michael Barker.

The French-Canadian pic is based on Wajdi Mouawad’s play about twins who discover, after their mother dies, that they have a father they thought was dead and a brother they didn’t know existed. The discovery leads them on a journey to the Middle East as they attempt to piece together the story of their mother. Thesps Maxim Gaudette, Melissa Desormeaux-Poulin and Remy Girard star in the pic.

Project was produced by Luc Dery and Kim McCraw of micro_scope and is a co-production with TS Productions in association with Phi Group.

eOne has already sold the pic to France (Happiness Distribution); Germany (Aresenal); Benelux (Cineart); Italy (Lucky Red); Switzerland (Filmcoopi); Israel (Shani Films) and the Middle East (ECS).

U.K. buyers are currently circling the project here in Toronto as are other international territories.

Pre-Toronto, SPC snapped up rights to Dustin Hoffman and Paul Giamatti starrer “Barney’s Version” after it screened in competition at the Venice Film Festival.

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