Sony Pictures Classics (SPC)has announced its second acquisition of the week - Argentina'sofficial entry for the best foreign language film Son Of The Bride directed by Juan Jose Campanella. Produced byPatagonik Film Group, from which SPC bought Nine Queens last year, Son Of The Bride is the highest grossing film of all time inArgentina. The acquisition had been anticipated (Screendaily, Jan 23).
SPC bought North Americanrights to the film which is the story of a middle-aged Buenos Airesrestaurateur who is forced to re-evaluate his life and the love he neverrecognized surrounding him. It stars Ricardo Darin and Norma Aleandro.
Son Of The Bride won the best Latin American feature award and aspecial grand jury prize at the Montreal Film Festival. Patagonik producedalong with Pol-Ka Producciones, Jempsa and Tornasol Films.
"Some of the mostexciting filmmaking in the world today is happening in Argentina," saidSPC co-presidents Michael Barker and Tom Bernard in a statement. "SonOf The Bride is the perfectfollow-up to Nine Queens which we bought last year and are about to open in theUnited States [April 12]. It is the most emotionally satisfying film we haveseen in a long time. We are pleased to continue our business relationship withPablo Bossi and Patagonik."
Patagonik is 30% owned byBuena Vista International and 30% owned by Telefonica media arm Admiraalongside Argentina's media giant Grupo Clarin and founder/presidentBossi.
The deal was negotiated bySPC with Neil Friedman of Menemsha Entertainment who has previously sold MajidMajidi's Color Of Paradiseand Divided We Fall to thecompany.
Earlier this week, SPCannounced that it had picked up domestic rights to Vicente Aranda's JuanaLa Loca (Mad Love) which is the Spanish submission for the foreignlanguage film Academy Award.