Sony Pictures Classics (SPC) has acquired two Toronto titles, taking all US rights to Samuel Maoz’ Golden Lion winner Lebanon and North American rights to Aaron Schneider’s Get Low.
SPC and Celluloid Dreams negotiated the deal for Lebanon, which premiered on the Lido and takes place largely inside a tank, where four soldiers are stranded inside enemy territory on the first day of the Lebanon War in June 1982.
Maoz also wrote the Israeli film, a co-production from Metro Communications and Ariel Films that was produced by David Silber, Ilann Gerard and Benjamina Mirnik.
”Lebanon is of those important films that will last forever in the marketplace,” SPC said in a statement. “We are honoured to be bringing Lebanon to the American public.”
The distributor acquired rights to Get Low from CAA. Dean Zanuck and David Gundlach produced the co-production from Zanuck Independent, David Gundlach Productions, Lara Enterprises and TVN. K5 is handling international sales.
Robert Duvall stars as a hermit in the Tennessee Woods who stages his own funeral where he plans to reveal a big secret. Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek and Lucas Black also star and Chris Provenzano and C Gaby Mitchell wrote the screenplay.
“Get Low is one of the great films about the American South,” SPC said. “Brilliantly written, directed and shot, Get Low has career-best performances from Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray. This is the kind of independent film the American audience loves to embrace.”