Sony Pictures Classics today acquired North American rights to “The Lunchbox,” winner of the Viewer’s Choice Award, Grand Rail d’Or, at the 2013 Cannes Critics’ Week. Full release below:
SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES CRITICS’ WEEK
GRAND RAIL D’OR WINNER THE LUNCHBOX
NEW YORK (May 24, 2013) –
Sony Pictures Classics
announced today that they have acquired all North American rights to
the Viewer’s Choice Award, Grand Rail d’Or, winner at the 2013 Critics’
Week, THE LUNCHBOX. The film, written and directed by Ritesh Batra,
stars Irrfan Khan (LIFE OF PI), Nimrat Kaur and
Nakul Vaid. THE LUNCHBOX is produced by Gunneet
Monga and Anurag Kashyap of Sikhya Entertainment (India) and Arun
Rangachari of Dar Motion Pictures
(India), co-produced by Nina Lath Gupta of NFDC (India), Shanaab Alam,
Vivek Rangachari, Sunil John, Nittin Keni, Karsten Stöter and Benny
Drechsel of Rohfilm (Germany), Cedomir Kolar and Marc Baschet of ASAP
Films (France), Danis Tanovic and executive produced
by Lydia Dean Pilcher of CineMosaic, Irrfan Khan and Ritesh Batra.
THE LUNCHBOX, a mistaken delivery in Mumbai’s famously efficient
lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to a stranger in the
of his life. They build a fantasy world together through notes in the
lunchbox. Gradually, this fantasy threatens to overwhelm their reality.
am thrilled SPC is on board with THE LUNCHBOX. The film is a delicate
story with lots of humour and pathos, and SPC is a good home for our
and a great team,” says Director Ritesh Batra.
Monga of Sikhya Entertainment adds, ”I am excited to associate with
SPC for THE LUNCHBOX. This bolsters my belief in good films and
the new wave of Indian Cinema. Hopefully, this landmark relationship
will only mark as one of many more collaborations in the near future.
Being associated with SPC for the first Indian-French-German
co-production truly marks this as a celebration of International
Cinema from India.”
LUNCHBOX is one of those enchanting movies that will have audiences and
critics floating on air. We are so happy to be bringing this movie
to the American public. This movie represents the birth of a major
international filmmaker,” states Sony Pictures Classics.
This deal, negotiated by Michael Weber of The Match Factory, continues Sony Pictures Classics’ long relationship with
The Match Factory and Weber, most recently with the films FILL THE VOID and WADJDA.