Company acquires U.S. rights to Atiq Rahimi's war drama

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired U.S. rights to Atiq Rahimi’s war drama “The Patience Stone,” following its showing in the contemporary world cinema section at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Sony Classics plans to release “The Patience Stone” next year.

Story, adpated from Rahimi’s novel of the same name, centers on a woman in a wartorn Middle Eastern country forced to send her two children to live with her aunt as she struggles to keep her comatose husband alive. After falling into a relationship with a young soldier, she begins a secret dialogue with her ailing husband.

Film stars Golshifteh Farahani, whose credits include “Body of Lies,” “About Elly” and “Chicken with Plums.” “The Patience Stone” was produced by Michael Gentile and co-produced by Studio 37, Corniche Pictures and Razor Films.

Sony Classics announced the deal Sunday, a day after disclosing that it had acquired U.S. rights to Saudi Arabian drama “Wadjda” from Razor Films.

Rahimi, a native of Afghanistan, directed his debut feature “Earth and Ashes” in an adaptation of his novel of the same name. That film, a family drama set in war-torn Afghanistan, won the Prix du Regard vers l’Avenir at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.

“I am proud and happy that the prestigious company Sony Pictures Classics will distribute my film in the U.S. and that Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and their team share the artistic ambition of ‘The Patience Stone’ in order to fight all forms of intolerance against human values, as we have unfortunately witnessed in certain Muslim countries recently,” Rahimi.said in a statement.

Deal was negotiated with Camille Neel of Le Pacte representing the film.

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