Sony Pictures Classics has picked up North American rights from El Deseo to Pedro Almodovar's Broken Embraces, which is in production in Madrid and the Canary Islands.

Almodovar shot the four-way tale of amour-fou in the style of 1950s American film noir. Penelope Cruz stars in the story of fate and filial love alongside Lluis Homar, Angela Molina and Almodovar regulars Rossy De Palma, Kiti Manver, Chus Lampreave and Lola Duenas.

Sony Pictures Classics and Almodovar have now collaborated on ten films, including Volver, All About My Mother, Talk To Her and Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown.

'We have been working for many years with them and, still, every new film always represents new chances to go beyond our mutual understanding and reliance and deepen even more our extraordinary relationship,' producer Agustin Almodovar said.