Sony Classics Takes Custody of Palme d'Or Winner "L'Enfant"
by Brian Brooks
Sony Pictures Classics has picked up this year's Cannes Palme d'Or winner, "L'Enfant," (The Child), the company confirmed to indieWIRE Tuesday. No theatrical release date has been announced yet for the film, which was directed by Beligian duo Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne.
"L'Enfant" revolves around Bruno, a twenty-year-old happy-go-lucky and Sonia who is eighteen. The pair live off of Sonia's benefits and the thefts committed by Bruno and the kids in his gang, while Sonia has just given birth to Jimmy, their child. As a new father, Bruno must reconcile his carefree existence and living only for the present, solely concerned about the money from his deals.
The film marked the second time that a Dardenne film has won the coveted Cannes prize in recent years. They were awarded the top Cannes jury award in 1999 for their film, "Rosetta."
Sony Classics acquired the film rights from Paris-based sales company Celluloid Dreams, capping a whirlwind Cannes for the busy company. SPC also nabbed two other official selection titles, acquiring Cannes best director winner Michael Haneke's "Caché" (Hidden) from the Cannes competition, and Christian Carion's "Joyeux Noel" (Merry Christmas).
In addition, Sony announced during the May fest that it has acquired Pedro Almodóvar's latest project, "Volver" (Return), which is slated to be shot this summer and will be released in the U.S in June 2006.