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Sony captures Sundance ‘Animal’

SPC acquires US, Latin American rights to pic

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired U.S. and Latin American rights to Australian drama “Animal Kingdom,” which won the jury prize in this year’s World Cinema dramatic competition at Sundance.

“Kingdom,” written and directed by David Michod, was one of the most buzzed-about titles at Sundance. It was produced by Liz Watts with Porchlight Films and exec produced by Bec Smith and Vincent Sheehan. UTA’s indie film division, led by Richard Klubeck and Rena Ronson, handled domestic sales.

“Kingdom,” set in the Melbourne underworld, is Michod’s first feature and centers on survival and revenge. The film stars Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton, Guy Pearce, Luke Ford, Jacki Weaver, Sullivan Stapleton and James Frecheville.

International territories sold include the U.K. (Optimum Releasing), France (ARP Selection), Italy (Mikado Films), Scandinavia (Scanbox Entertainment), and CIS (Film Depot).

UTA repped North American rights on behalf of the producers, and E1 acted as international sales agent. Michod is represented by UTA.

The film was financed in conjunction with Screen Australia, Porchlight Films, Film Victoria, Screen NSW, Fulcrum Finance, Showtime Australia and E1 Entertainment.

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