Sony Pictures Classics has acquired US rights for Denis Villeneuve’s Incendies, which played in Venice and now in Toronto.

Entertainment One is handling sales, and Charlotte Mickie, EVP of eOne Films International confirmed that the film has also sold to France (Happiness), Germany (Arsenal), Benelux (Cineart), Italy (Lucky Red), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Israel (Shani) and Middle East (ECS). Distributors from territories including the UK are expressing interest.

“With Incendies, Denis Villeneuve has become the major film-maker predicted by his previous movies. The tremendous reaction of audiences at Venice, Telluride and Toronto confirmed for us its potential for success as a satisfying, profound, and suspenseful viewing experience,” said Sony Pictures Classics in a statement.

The film, based on Wajdi Mouawad’s stage play, is about a mother’s last wishes spurring siblings to visit the Middle East and piece together family history and secrets.

The cast features Maxim Gaudette, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Rémy Girard and Lubna Azabal.

Luc Déry and Kim McCraw produced for micro_scope in co-production with TS Productions and in association with Phi Group.