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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Nadine Labaki's Capernaum
Acquisition Comes In Advance Of The Film's Cannes Premiere
CANNES, FRANCE (May 10, 2018) - Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired North American and Latin American rights to Nadine Labaki's CAPERNAUM. The film is set to premiere next Thursday at Cannes, where it screens in competition. CAPERNAUM marks a return to Cannes for the Lebanese filmmaker, whose two previous films, CARAMEL and WHERE DO WE GO NOW? (winner of the Audience Award at the Toronto Film Festival) premiered at the festival, and reunites Labaki with Sony Pictures Classics, which distributed WHERE DO WE GO NOW?.
CAPERNAUM was produced by Khaled Mouzana. CAA Media Finance brokered the distribution deal on behalf of the filmmakers with Wild Bunch, who represent the international rights.
Written by Labaki (WHERE DO WE GO NOW?), who also appears in the film, CARPENAUM tells the story of a child who rebels against the life imposed on him and launches a lawsuit against his parents.
"It is wonderful to have the opportunity to collaborate once again with Sony Pictures Classics. CAPERNAUM is very special to me, and with the passion Tom and Michael have for this film, I know this is the ideal partnership," said Labaki.
Said Sony Pictures Classics, "Nadine Labaki is one of the world's great filmmakers. CAPERNAUM is an emotionally profound experience about the world we live in and promises to be a triumph in Cannes. Nadine Labaki's moment as writer-director is here and now. It is thrilling to be working with her, as well as her producer Khaled Mouzanar, Vincent Maraval and Eva Diederix at Wild Bunch, and Roeg Sutherland and CAA."
Sony Pictures Classics plans to open the film in December qualifying the movie for year-end awards consideration.
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