Zhang Yimou

BERLIN — Critically acclaimed Chinese helmer-producer Zhang Yimou has lured back Sony Pictures Classics, his longtime North American distributor, with the Gong Li starrer “Coming Home.”

Sold by Wild Bunch,”Coming Home” marks Sony Pictures Classics’ 12th acquisition of a Zhang-directed film.

Wild Bunch started pre-selling the pic at the EFM.

The last Zhang pic acquired by SPC dates back to “A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop,” a remake of the Coen brothers’ “Blood Simple,” in 2009. Other films by Zhang distributed by SPC include “Raise the Red Lantern,” “The Story of Qiu Ju” and “Curse of the Golden Flower.”

Inspired by Yan Geling’s “The Criminal Lu Yanshi, “Coming Home” is a romance drama chronicling the journey of a Chinese dissident (Chen Daoming) from the 1920′s to the 1990′s.

Pic is now in post and will be ready by May, in time for Cannes.

Among the many accolades he’s received throughout his long career, Zhang competed at Cannes three times and won the grand jury prize with the war drama “To Live,” which also earned a Golden Globe nomination.

In Berlin, SPC also acquired competition player “Aloft,” Claudia Llosa’s English-language debut starring Jennifer Connelly.

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