Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Ruben Brandt, Collector

NEW YORK (September 13, 2018) - Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all rights in North America and Latin America to RUBEN BRANDT, COLLECTOR, directed by Milorad Krstic. The English language animated film from Hungary played at the Locarno and Sarajevo Film Festivals to enthusiastic audience and critical acclaim. Krstic's earlier short film MY BABY LEFT ME was awarded the Golden Berlin Bear for Best Short Film at the Berlin Film Festival and the Award for a First Film at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival.

Ruben Brandt, a famous psychotherapist, is forced to steal 13 paintings from the world's renowned museums and private collections to prevent his suffering from terrible nightmares he has as a result of subliminal messaging he received as a child. Accompanied by his four patients, he and his band of thieves strike regularly and with great success: the Louvre, Tate, Uffizi, Hermitage, MoMA…

"The Collector" quickly becomes the most wanted criminal in the world. Gangsters and headhunters chase him around the world while the reward for his capture keeps rising, approaching a hundred million dollars. A cartel of insurance companies entrusts Mike Kowalski, a private detective and leading expert on art theft, to solve the "Collector Case."

Written and directed by Krstic, RUBEN BRANDT, COLLECTOR was produced by Péter Miskolczi, Radmila Roczkov. Hermina Roczkov and Janos Kurdy-Feher.

The film was financed by the Hungarian National Film Fund and the Hungarian Film Incentive. The deal was negotiated between Sony Pictures Classics and HNFF World Sales.

Sony Pictures Classics plans to release the film in 2019, with an end of year qualifying run.

Michael Barker and Tom Bernard serve as co-presidents of Sony Pictures Classics—an autonomous division of Sony Pictures Entertainment they founded with Marcie Bloom in January 1992—which distributes, produces, and acquires independent films from around the world.  Barker and Bernard have released prestigious films that have won 39 Academy Awards® (35 of those at Sony Pictures Classics) and have garnered 169 Academy Award® nominations (147 at Sony Pictures Classics) including Best Picture nominations for CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, WHIPLASH, AMOUR, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, AN EDUCATION, CAPOTE, HOWARDS END, AND CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON.

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