Fine Line has paid Sogepaq over $5 million to acquire North American and all English-speaking distribution rights to Alejandro Amenabar’s “Out to Sea,” starring Javier Bardem.
Pic is expected to screen in competition at Venice, where New Line/Fine Line’s recent acquisition, the Mike Leigh pic “Vera Drake,” is also tipped to premiere.
“Out to Sea” reunites Bardem with the company that released Julian Schnabel’s “Before Night Falls,” which garnered the actor an Oscar nom.
Fine Line is expected to release it Stateside in November/December in time for next year’s awards season. Sogepaq will release the pic in Spain in September.
Produced by Sogepaq general manager Fernando Bovaira with Amenabar’s Himenoptero, the film is the story of Spaniard Ramon Sampedro (Bardem), who fought a 30-year campaign to establish his right to die. It features two women who try to change his life — a lawyer who supports his cause (Belen Rueda) and his neighbor Rosa (Lola Duenas).
Pic was directed, co-written, edited and scored by Amenabar. He most recently directed Nicole Kidman starrer “The Others” for Miramax’s Dimension Films.
With four movies expected to bow at key fests this fall — including John Waters’ “A Dirty Shame” and Jonathan Glazer’s Kidman starrer “Birth” — Fine Line has shown renewed vigor in the acquisitions market in recent months.
Its ongoing distribution deal with sibling company HBO is also paying off with such releases as “American Splendor”; the Palme d’Or winner “Elephant”; and Spanish-language pic “Maria Full of Grace,” currently in limited release.