Sony Pictures Classics has pre-bought US and select territories on The Father starring Olivia Colman and Anthony Hopkins ahead of its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival.
Embankment pre-sold international rights to the UK (Lionsgate), Canada (Elevation), Australia/New Zealand (Sharmill), Gemany (Tobis), Benelux (Cineart), Italy (Sunfilm), Spain (A Contracorriente), Scandinavia (Atlantic), Japan (Hakuhodo), Latin America (California), and Switzerland (Ascot Elite). UGC, Orange and Canal Plus distribute in France.
Florian Zeller’s adaptation of his stage play screens in Premieres on January 27. The story follows the relationship between a mischievous and caustic elderly man and his loving daughter, who is planning the next steps in her life yet whose efforts to find a caregiver for her father are rejected.
Zeller directed from a screenplay he co-wrote with Christopher Hampton (Atonement, Dangerous Liaisons). The film also stars Mark Gatiss, Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell, and Olivia Williams.
The Father is a Trademark Films / FCommeFilm / Ciné-@ co-production, presented by Les Films Du Cru and Film Four, produced by Philippe Carcassonne, David Parfitt, and Jean-Louis Livi. Financing was arranged by Paul Grindey’s Viewfinder and Embankment Films.
CAA, Embankment and UTA Independent Film Group negotiated the deal for the producers with Sony Picture Classics.