Magnolia Pictures and Sony Home Entertainment Announce "Nine Lives" Pick Up Following LAFF Debut
by Brian Brooks
Magnolia Pictures and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have jointly acquired North American rights to Rodrigo Garcia's Sundance 2005 feature "Nine Lives," the two companies announced Wednesday following the film's west coast debut at the Los Angeles Film Festival the previous evening, where it screened as the fest's Centerpiece. Magnolia Pictures will theatrically release the film in September with subsequent DVD and video distribution to be handled by SPHE. Graham Taylor of Endeavor negotiated the deal on behalf of the producers, while Gary Hirsch and Scott Shooman represented SPHE, and Eamonn Bowles represented Magnolia Pictures in the acquisition.
"Nine Lives" is described as a "moving exploration of the experiences of nine separate characters entangled in the complexities of life. Through a series of single unbroken takes, Garcia has crafted a film of universal resonance hinging on performances from a [distinguished cast] including Kathy Baker, Amy Brenneman, Elpidia Carrillo, Glenn Close, Stephen Dillane, Dakota Fanning, William Fichtner, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Holly Hunter, Jason Isaacs, Joe Mantegna, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, Mary Kay Place, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Aidan Quinn, Miguel Sandoval, Amanda Seyfried, Sissy Spacek, and Robin Wright Penn." Son of the renowned Columbian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Rodrigo Garcia is a graduate of the American Film Institute, and is the writer/director of the acclaimed film "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her," which premiered at Sundance in 2000.
"Rodrigo Garcia and his formidable cast have created something truly wonderful and unique in 'Nine Lives,'" said Magnolia Pictures president Eamonn Bowles in a statement. "As opposed to being gimmicky, the narrative innovations serve to heighten the incredible emotional complexity of the film."
"Rodrigo's unique world vision as demonstrated in 'Nine Lives' is truly entertaining as well as insightful," added Benjamin S. Feingold, SPHE president. "This title will be a very welcome addition to SPHE's library of outstanding releases and we are delighted to be able to represent the film in the home entertainment market."
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarratu (director of "21 Grams," "Amores Perros") executive produced the film, while Julie Lynn of Mockingbird Pictures (producer of Rodrigo Garcia's "Fathers and Sons") served as producer.
Magnolia is currently releasing two critically acclaimed documentaries: Christopher Browne's "A League of Ordinary Gentlemen," Alex Gibney's "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room," and the upcoming J-Horror film "Pulse" by Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company. SPE is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, (SCA), a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation.