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Sony Pictures Classics Seals Deal on Berlin Competition player ‘Aloft’

Claudia Llosa’s English-language debut sold by Dreamcatchers at Berlin

BERLIN – Marking one of the first U.S. deals to be go down at Berlin, Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all U.S. and Latin American rights to the Dreamcatchers-sold Berlin competition entry, “Aloft.”

Deal was sealed at Berlin Wednesday night.

Starring Jennifer Connelly, Cillian Murphy, Melanie Laurent and William Shimell, “Aloft” is the third feature by Peru-born Claudia Llosa, her first in English, and her follow-up to 2009’s Berlin Golden Bear winner “Milk of Sorrow.”

“Aloft” is produced by Jose Maria Morales at Wanda Films, Llosa’s longtime producer, Ibon Cormenzana at the also Spain-based Arcadia Motion Pictures, Jerome Vidal at Paris’ Noodles Production, and Phyllis Laing for Canada’s Buffalo Gal Pictures.

Written by Llosa, “Aloft” turns on a struggling mother, Nana Kunning (Connelly) and her evolution into a renowned artist and healer.

When a journalist, Jannia (Laurent), tracks down Nana’s son Ivan (Murphy) 20 years after she abandoned him, Jannia triggers an encounter between the two that will bring their lives’ very meaning of into question.

Deal was negotiated between “Aloft’s”executive producer Mark Johnson, Dreamcatchers’ Marina Fuentes and Sony Pictures Classics.

“Since seeing ‘Milk of Sorrow,’ we’ve been admirers of Claudia Llosa. So it is our pleasure to bring her first English language film to audiences throughout the Americas, as well as to be partnering with such a strong team of producers and our old friends at Dreamcatchers,” said Sony Pictures Classics.

“I speak in the name of the film’s whole team when I say that we are ecstatic that the SPC team will de distributing this film in the U.S. and Latin America. We couldn’t have a better partner to take this film to the public,” Fuentes added.

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