NEW YORK — Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American rights to Gregory Harrison’s psychological thriller “November,” starring Courteney Cox, which premiered in the dramatic competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
A 2005 release is planned.
Winner of the cinematography award at Sundance for d.p. Nancy Schreiber, the digitally shot film was produced by Danielle Renfrew, Gary Winick and Jake Abraham, with Jonathan Sehring, Caroline Kaplan and John Sloss as exec producers.
Cox plays a photographer struggling to move on after the death of her boyfriend in a convenience store robbery. James LeGros, Anne Archer, Michael Ealy and Nora Dunn also star.
Deal marks a return for director Harrison to SPC, which released his 2000 debut feature “Groove.”
“So much of what Sony Pictures Classics does is based on continuity with filmmakers,” SPC co-prexys Michael Barker and Tom Bernard and senior VP for production and acquisitions Dylan Leiner said in a joint statement. “Amongst younger American filmmakers, Greg Harrison is one of the best.”
Harrison’s film is the 10th project from InDigEnt, the low-budget digital initiative created by IFC Prods., Winick and Sloss that’s yielded specialty releases including “Personal Velocity,” “Tadpole” and “Pieces of April.”
Upcoming titles made under the banner include Mark Christopher’s “Pizza” and Wim Wenders’ “Land of Plenty,” tipped to premiere Sept. 11 as the closing night gala at this year’s Venice Film Festival.
The SPC deal was brokered for the filmmakers by Cinetic Media.