Par Classics warms to Sternfeld’s ‘Winter’

Pic centers on widowed dad raising two teenage sons

Paramount Classics has acquired rights for all English-speaking territories and Latin America to “Winter Solstice,” debuting writer-director Josh Sternfeld’s intimate drama of loss, readjustment and family. Anthony LaPaglia, Aaron Stanford, Mark Webber and Allison Janney star.

Pic world-premiered May 4 at the Tribeca Film Festival in the NY, NY competition for locally produced features.

Character-driven drama concerns a widowed suburban father raising two troubled teenage sons in the aftermath of their mother’s death. The older son’s sudden decision to leave home and his brother’s self-destructive behavior place additional weight on the fragile unit’s struggle to stay together as individuals and as a family.

Developed at the 2001 Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab, the Sound Pictures production was produced by John Limotte and Doug Bernheim and exec produced by LaPaglia and Jodi Peikoff.

Michelle Monaghan and Ron Livingston also star.

Par Classics’ New York acquisitions consultant Justin Ring brought the film to the distrib’s attention. Sales agent Steven Raphael of Required Viewing and Peikoff repped the filmmakers in the deal, which reportedly locked for just south of $1 million.

Par Classics acquired rights for North America, U.K., Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Latin America.

In Cannes, the Paramount specialty division has Sundance pickup “Mean Creek,” by Jacob Estes, which screened in the Directors Fortnight.