By Peter Knegt | Indiewire September 21, 2009 at 8:30AM
Aaron Schneider's highly buzzed Toronto title "Get Low" has been acquired for North American release by Sony Pictures Classics. The deal marks a very busy day for Toronto-related acquisitions. It is Sony Pictures Classics' second announced deal today, after acquiring Samuel Moaz’s Israeli film "Lebanon," which screened at the fest. It also comes after TIFF doc "The Art of the Steal"'s sale to Rainbow Media this morning.
Starring Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek and Lucas Black, "Get Low" marks Aaron Schneider's feature directorial debut, and tells the true story of a hermit who lived for forty years in the Tennessee woods, played by potential awards contender Duvall.
“'Get Low' is one of the great films about the American South," Sony Pictures Classics said in a statement. "Brilliantly written, directed and shot, 'Get Low' has career best performances from Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray. This is the kind of independent film the American audience loves to embrace. We are thrilled Dean and Aaron have chosen us as their partner."
The film is a co-production between Zanuck Independent, David Gundlach Productions, Lara Enterprises and TVN and produced by Dean Zanuck and David Gundlach. Sony Pictures Classics acquired the film from CAA. K5 is the international sales agent on the film.
"We’re thrilled to be calling SPC home for 'Get Low,'" Dean Zanuck and Aaron Schneider said in a statement. "We could not have a better fit for this film."
A release date was not mentioned upon initial announcement, but check back with indieWIRE for further details.