Sony Pictures Classics (SPC) has picked-up North American andLatin American rights to the double Sundance winner Quinceanera directed by Richard Glatzer and WashWestmoreland.
The coming-of-age story chartsthe ups and downs of an East LA girl as she approaches her fifteenth birthdaycelebrations while juggling concerns about her boyfriend, pregnancy and hertroubled cousin. Emily Rios Chalo Gonzalez, and Jesse Garcia star.
Quinceanera unusually won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award atSundance, which was then followed by a slot at the Berlin Film Festival.Celluloid Dreams picked up international rights to the film at Sundance.
Anne Clements produced and Todd Haynes served as executiveproducer along with Nicholas T Boyias, Mihail Koulakis and Avi Raccah ofKitchen Sink Entertainment.
"Quinceanera is that rare film that perfectly and gracefully captures theuniqueness of a culture while also reflecting on the evolution of oursociety," SPC co-presidents Michael Barker and Tom Bernard and executivevice president of acquisition and production Dylan Leiner said in a statement.
"Done in such a profound and moving way, this film isimmensely entertaining and we are extremely excited to be working with theskilful filmmakers Wash and Richard, to bring this picture to audiencesthroughout the Americas."
"We're very excited to join the slate of prestigious filmsdistributed by Sony Pictures Classics," the co-directors added. "Weknow that they will be able to replicate the success we had at Sundance on anational level."
Barker, Bernard and Leiner negotiated the deal with CineticMedia's John Sloss and Paul Brennan.