Sony Pictures Classics has announced that they have acquired all North American rights to Oliver Schmitz's official Cannes selection "Life, Above All" from Munich based world sales company Bavaria Film International. The film - which screened in the Un Certain Regard section - won the "Francois Chalais Prize" in Cannes, awarded to those films dedicated to the values of life affirmation and journalism. The film was previously sold to ARP for France and Nachshon for Israel with Senator handling German speaking Europe.
"Life" is based on the 2005 novel "Chanda's Secrets," by Allan Stratton. It is a suspense-filled drama about a young girl in South Africa who fights to rescue the people she loves.
"I am exceedingly happy that Sony Pictures Classics is releasing 'Life, Above All' in North America," stated director Oliver Schmitz. "I have always admired their unfailing ability to honor cinema at its best and really look forward to working with them. I am very proud of 'Life, Above All' and especially my ever so talented young actors. May audiences everywhere open their hearts to them!"
SPC and Bavaria previously worked together on "Run Lola Run," "Goodbye Lenin!," "The Man Without a Past," and "I Served The King of England."
"Anyone privileged to witness the ovations following the screenings in Cannes knows this film is a winner across the board, an exceptionally well made and profoundly moving experience. We are pleased to be working with Oliver Schmitz, a director we have been following with great interest for some time, and our friends at Bavaria," said Sony Pictures Classics in a statement.