SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES IRA SACHS’ “FRANKIE” AHEAD OF CANNES

Sony Pictures Entertainment - 04/30/2019

NEW YORK (April 30, 2019) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all rights in North America, Eastern Europe (including CIS), Scandinavia, the Middle East, South Africa, Spain, India and for worldwide airlines to Ira Sachs’ FRANKIE. The film is premiering In Competition at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. 

Written by Mauricio Zaccharias and Sachs, FRANKIE stars Academy Award® nominee Isabelle Huppert, Academy Award® winner Marisa Tomei, Academy Award® nominee Greg Kinnear and Brendan Gleeson.  

Three generations of a European family come together in the fabled town of Sintra, Portugal, for one last vacation before the family matriarch faces the next, and last, chapter of her life.  Over the course of one crisp October day, the fairy tale setting brings about everyone’s most romantic impulses, revealing both cracks between them, as well as unexpected depth of feeling.

The film is produced by Saïd Ben Saïd of SBS Productions and Michel Merkt, co-produced by Luís Urbano, Diana Elbaum and Anne Berger, and executive produced by Kateryna Merkt, Kevin Chneiweiss and Lucas Joaquin. 

FRANKIE marks a reunion of sorts for Sony Pictures Classics as it is their third film with Ira Sachs, following MARRIED LIFE and LOVE IS STRANGE, as well as their third collaboration with Ben Saïd, following ELLE and CARNAGE.

Ben Saïd stated, “The experience and sensibilities of the team at SPC makes it a wonderful match for FRANKIE. I am so pleased their passion for this film means it has now the ability to be seen by audiences in North America and many other countries.”

“Ira Sachs once again proves himself to be a major American director with FRANKIE. We are thrilled to be back together with Ira, producer Ben Saïd, and the superb cast,” said Sony Pictures Classics. 

The deal was negotiated directly between Saïd Ben Saïd and Sony Pictures Classics.

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