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Sony Classics Adds to Slate, Closing "2046" Deal & More

Sony Classics Adds to Slate, Closing "2046" Deal & More

by Eugene Hernandez









Wong Kar Wai at Friday's press conference to discuss his latest film, "2046." Photo by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE

Wong Kar-Wai's striking new film, "2046," is finally coming to America, with a deal for the film announced ten months after the film had its tumultuous world premiere at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. The company, which has also announced a pact for Neil Jordan's "Breakfast on Pluto" and is said to be pursuing Jeff Feuerzeig's "The Devil and Daniel Johnston," has apparently set an autumn release date for Wong Kar-Wai's new film that will have its U.S. premiere next month at the Tribeca Film Festival.

"2046" premiered late at Cannes 2004, missing its festival debut when the film was not quite ready; Wong brought the movie to Cannes late and unveiled the film amidst critical complaints that it felt unfinished. He later re-worked the film before it opened in China at the end of September. Some U.S. fans have already caught a glimpse of the anticipated new movie via Asian DVDs on sale even here in New York City video stores or online.

Describing the film, which in many parts bore a strong resemblance to his last movie, "In the Mood for Love," Wong Kar-Wai said at a Cannes press conference, "The film is actually a portrait of a person who is trying to get away from his past -- the more you try to forget it, the more you remember it, maybe one day the past or the memory will leave you." The title marks the year 50 years after the handover of Hong Kong back to China. "How you deal with your past (is) not only about a person, it can be a city, it can be about anything," Wong summed up. Fortissimo represented the film and negotiated the sale.

Last week, Sony Classics also announced a deal for North American, Latin American, German, and South African rights to Neil Jordan's "Breakfast on Pluto," starring Cillian Murphy, Stephen Rea, Brendan Gleeson and Bryan Ferry.

Finally, SPC is understood to be in pursuit of Jeff Feuerzeig's doc "The Devil and Daniel Johnston," while a deal has not yet been confirmed. The film, which premiered at Sundance 2005 and also screened at SXSW, will screen next Wednesday and Friday at New Directors/New Films in Manhattan.

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