Sony Pictures Classics has announced its acquisition of the United States rights to Rodrigo García’s “Mother and Child” from WME Global. The film debuted to warm notices at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival, where it was actively pursued by several US distributors. The deal actually came together shortly after Toronto, but took some time to close, and marks yet another late buy out of the fest, where at the time few deals actually took place.
The film stars Annette Bening, Naomi Watts, Samuel L. Jackson and Kerry Washington in three parallel stories that come together to emphasis the bond between mother and child. Its García’s third feature after “Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her” and “Nine Lives.”
“We have known Rodrigo García for a long time,” said Sony Pictures Classics jointly in a statement, “first as the cinematographer of ‘Mi Vida Loca’ in the early ‘90s, then as a writer and director, and have always been impressed with his incredible skill at creating roles for actors, especially for women. With ‘Mother and Child’ Rodrigo has managed to define characters which allow for career best performances for all of the actors he has cast in a film that we feel will connect with people all over the U.S. We are excited to be working with him, his remarkable cast and his producers Julie Lynn and Lisa Maria Falcone,”
I’ve been wanting to work with [SPC heads] Tom [Bernard] and Michael [Barker] for a long time,” Garcia said in a statement. “SPC is one of the great brands in independent filmmaking. It’s so fortunate that we can be part of that family.”
The international sales agent for the film is WestEnd Films. The film will be release by SPC sometime in 2010.