Sony Pictures Classics has added three new internationaltitles to its 2005 US slate, picking up domestic rights to Erik VanLooy's Belgian smash The Alzheimer Case, Sally Potter's UK drama Yes and Zhang Yimou's next picture Riding Alone ForThousands Of Miles from China.
SPC, run by Michael Barker and Tom Bernard, has just comeoff a busy Sundance where it bought domestic rights to Phil Morrison's Junebug and a slew of international rights alongside a USdeal for Mike Mills' Berlin competition picture Thumbsucker.
The Alzheimer Case,which SPC picked up from The Works, was Belgium's Oscar submission. Itstars Jan Decleir as an assassin taking revenge on a crime ring while fightingthe onset of Alzheimer's. English-language remake rights have alreadybeen snapped up by Focus Features.
Yes, which had itsworld premiere at the Telluride Film Festival last August, sees Joan Allen asan American woman in London struggling to escape her dull marriage and engagingon an affair with an immigrant chef. Sam Neill, Simon Abkarian and ShirleyHendeson co-star. It was bought by SPC from Greene Street Films International.
Riding Alone For Thousands Of Miles, which was produced by Bill Kong and financed bySony Pictures Entertainment, sees Chinese master Zhang return to a morepersonal story after Hero and HouseOf Flying Daggers. Japanese veteran KenTakakura plays a Japanese man who travels to China with his dying son to learnopera.
The three films join a bustling slate of diverse titles fromSPC in 2005 including the latest films from Ingmar Bergman (Saraband), James Ivory (The White Countess), Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle), Agnes Jaoui (Look At Me), John Boorman (In My Country) and Kim Ki-duk (3-Iron) as well as newer directors such as Chris Terrio (Heights), Greg Harrison (November), Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake) and Alice Wu (Saving Face).