NEW YORK (August 3, 2012) - Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American and Eastern European rights, excluding CIS and Russia, to AT ANY PRICE. Ramin Bahrani (GOODBYE SOLO, MAN PUSH CART, CHOP SHOP) directed and co-wrote the film with Hallie Elizabeth Newton. AT ANY PRICE stars Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron, Kim Dickens and Heather Graham.
The film was produced by Pamela Koffler, Teddy Schwarzman, Justin Nappi, Kevin Turen, Christine Vachon, and Bahrani. Executive Producers include Ron Curtis, Mohammed Al Turki, Brian Young and Eric Nyari. Black Bear Pictures and TreeHouse Pictures financed AT ANY PRICE, which is In Competition in Venice and will be a Special Presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Set in the competitive world of modern agriculture, AT ANY PRICE centers on ambitious Henry Whipple (Quaid), who wants his rebellious son Dean (Efron) to help expand his family's farming empire. However, Dean has his sights set on becoming a professional race car driver. When a high-stakes investigation into their business unfolds, father and son are pushed into an unexpected situation that threatens the family’s entire livelihood.
"Ramin Bahrani is a major American film maker. We've wanted to work with him for some time. He is a great storyteller not afraid of serious or big subjects. When we read AT ANY PRICE we knew this would be a great leap forward for him as a successful director offering great roles for major actors. We are so happy to be bringing the film to the American audience and to be in business with him and his prolific producers Pamela Koffler, Christine Vachon, Teddy Schwarzman, Justin Nappi and Kevin Turen," said Sony Pictures Classics.
"I am very happy to be working with Michael, Tom, and Sony Pictures Classics who have been releasing some of the most important films for over two decades" said Bahrani.
"We are thrilled to partner with Sony Pictures Classics on AT ANY PRICE," said Teddy Schwarzman of Black Bear and Justin Nappi of TreeHouse. "Tom, Michael and their team have made a strong commitment to this special film and its talented filmmaker. We look forward to working together in the days and months ahead."
The deal was negotiated by SPC with CAA on behalf of the film.
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