Mike Fleming

UPDATE, THURSDAY AM: BerlinFilmFestival_badgeAs the Berlin Film Festival kicks off today, Sony Pictures Classics has confirmed its acquisition of all U.S. and Latin American rights to competition title, Aloft. This is Milk Of Sorrow helmer Claudia Llosa’s first English-language film. It screens next Wednesday. The deal was negotiated by executive producer Mark Johnson, Dreamcatchers’ Marina Fuentes and SPC.

aloftPREVIOUS, WEDNESDAY PM, EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures Classics is closing on a deal to release Aloft, the film that premieres in competition at the Berlin Film Festival. The picture is directed by Claudia Llosa, whose last film The Milk Of Sorrow won the Golden Bear Prize at Berlin. The picture stars Jennifer Connelly, Cillian Murphy and Melanie Laurent.

Told in two different periods, the film stars Connelly as a struggling mother of two young sons who becomes a renowned artist and healer. Years later, a journalist (Laurent) tracks down the son she abandoned, and sets up a meeting between them. Murphy plays the son as an adult. The film is produced by Iban Cormenzana, Mark Johnson, Phyllis Laing, Jose Maria Morales, and Jerome Vidal.  Here’s a clip:

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