Samuel Goldwyn Films and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group (SPWAG) have picked up rights from Lakeshore Entertainment to the drama Elegy starring Ben Kingsley and Penelope Cruz.

Samuel Goldwyn Films will release the film theatrically in the US in August and SPWAG will handle home entertainment. SPWAG, which had been tracking the project from the early stages, also acquired rights in France and select French-speaking territories. Red Envelope Entertainment is part of the distribution team handling rights for DVD rental service Netflix.

The deal follows a flurry of international sales through Lakeshore following the film's world premiere in Berlin in February.

It also marks a move away from MGM which has been handling many Lakeshore titles in recent years.

Isabel Coixet's adaptation of Philip Roth's short story The Dying Animal stars Kingsley as an academic who falls for one of his students.

Dennis Hopper, Patricia Clarkson, Peter Sarsgaard and Deborah Harry round out the key cast. Lakeshore's Tom Rosenberg produced with Gary Lucchesi and Andre Lamal and Nicholas Meyer adapted the screenplay.

'The passion and enthusiasm that Goldwyn and Sony share for our film will translate well into marketing and distribution,' Rosenberg said. 'Everyone at Lakeshore is excited by the prospect of working with this team.'

Samuel Goldwyn's Meyer Gottlieb and Peter Goldwyn negotiated the deal with SPWAG's newly promoted vice president of acquisitions and productions Scott Shooman and Lakeshore's worldwide marketing and distribution chief David Dinerstein