By Indiewire | Indiewire May 26, 2013 at 8:29PM
Sundance Selects is acquiring U.S. rights to Japanese writer-director Kore-eda Hirokazu’s "Like Father, Like Son," which took a jury prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
"Like Father, Like Son" a dramedy that examines two families who discover that their six-year-old sons were switched at birth. It's the fourth festival title that Sundance Selects purchased at the festival.
The film stars Fukuyama Masaharu, Ono Machiko, Maki Yoko, and Lily Franky, and was produced by Kameyama Chihiro, Hatanaka Tatsuro, and Tom Yoda. The film made its world premiere this week in Competition at the festival.
Sundance Selects’ sister label, IFC Films, previously released Hirokazu’s "Still Walking" and "Nobody Knows."
The deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, senior VP acquisitions and productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films with Carole Baraton at Wild Bunch on behalf of the filmmakers.
Sundance Selects made deals at the festival already for several festival award winners including North American rights to Clio Barnard’s Directors Fortnight Europa Cinema Label Award-winner "The Selfish Giant;" for U.S. rights to Francois Ozon’s Competition title "Young & Beautiful" and U.S. rights to Abdellatif Kechiche’s Competition title "Blue is the Warmest Color," which won the 2013 Cannes Film Festival Palme D’Or Award; as well U.S. rights to Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s "Two Days, One Night" starring Marion Cotillard, which is currently in pre-production.