Sony Pictures Classics hasacquired North American rights to Ray Lawrence's jindabyne which had its world premiere in Directors' Fortnightat Cannes this year and which will have its North American premiere at Torontoas a Special Presentation.

The April Films production,which is based on Raymond Carver's short story "So Much Water So Close To Home"stars Laura Linney and Gabriel Byrne and was filmed in the Australian highcountry of Jindabyne. It revolves around a fishing trip and the discovery of agirl's body.

The film has grossed over$2.5m in Australia through Roadshow and recorded the highest opening for alocal film on under 100 screens since Muriel's Wedding in 1994.

Celluloid Dreams handledworldwide sales on the film.