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iW NEWS | Sony Classics Takes North and South American Rights to "Brick Lane"

By Indiewire | Indiewire August 7, 2007 at 8:32AM

North and South American rights to Sarah Gavron's ("This Little Life") first feature film, "Brick Lane" have been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics, the company announced Tuesday. The film is based on the 2003 novel by Monica Ali about a Bangladeshi family living in the UK, and explores the British immigrant experience. Young Bangladeshi woman, Nazneen (Tannishtha Chatterjee), arrives in 1980s London, leaving behind her beloved sister and home, for an arranged marriage and a new life. Trapped within the four walls of her flat in East London, and in a loveless marriage with the middle aged Chanu (Satish Kaushik), she fears her soul is quietly dying. Her sister Hasina (Zafreen Virdi), meanwhile, continues to live a carefree life back in Bangladesh. Nazneen struggles to accept her lifestyle, and keeps her head down in spite of life's blows, but she soon discovers that life cannot be avoided--and is forced to confront it the day that the hotheaded young Karim (Christopher Simpson) comes knocking at her door. Joy Wong of The Works International negotiated the sale with SPC's Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and Dylan Leiner. "We could not be more pleased about being in business with these producers and this director," commented Sony Classics in a joint statement. "We have been following with great interest Sarah Gavron for some time. The screenplay is a terrific adaptation of a truly formidable novel. And in the current marketplace, a large audience is out there hungering for satisfying romantic dramas centering on political and intercultural family turmoil. We are confident this is one of those pictures." [Brian Brooks]
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North and South American rights to Sarah Gavron's ("This Little Life") first feature film, "Brick Lane" have been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics, the company announced Tuesday. The film is based on the 2003 novel by Monica Ali about a Bangladeshi family living in the UK, and explores the British immigrant experience. Young Bangladeshi woman, Nazneen (Tannishtha Chatterjee), arrives in 1980s London, leaving behind her beloved sister and home, for an arranged marriage and a new life. Trapped within the four walls of her flat in East London, and in a loveless marriage with the middle aged Chanu (Satish Kaushik), she fears her soul is quietly dying. Her sister Hasina (Zafreen Virdi), meanwhile, continues to live a carefree life back in Bangladesh. Nazneen struggles to accept her lifestyle, and keeps her head down in spite of life's blows, but she soon discovers that life cannot be avoided--and is forced to confront it the day that the hotheaded young Karim (Christopher Simpson) comes knocking at her door. Joy Wong of The Works International negotiated the sale with SPC's Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and Dylan Leiner. "We could not be more pleased about being in business with these producers and this director," commented Sony Classics in a joint statement. "We have been following with great interest Sarah Gavron for some time. The screenplay is a terrific adaptation of a truly formidable novel. And in the current marketplace, a large audience is out there hungering for satisfying romantic dramas centering on political and intercultural family turmoil. We are confident this is one of those pictures." [Brian Brooks]

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