While there has been a high level of suspense over the acquisitions of pictures shown at Toronto, this wasn’t exactly a cliffhanger. Because it marks the 10th collaboration between Pedro Almodovar and Sony Pictures Classics’ Michael Barker and Tom Bernard who acquired North American rights to his new film The Skin That I Inhabit. The picture, which begins shooting in August, is a gothic tale about a father avenging his daughter’s death, inspired by the Thierry Jonquet novel Mygale. It stars Antonio Banderas, whose breakthrough came in the Almodovar-directed Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down. Banderas stars with Talk to Her stars Elena Anaya and Marisa Paredes.
While everybody wonders when a domestic distribution deal will be locked for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Javier Bardem-starrer Biutiful, another film that premiered at Cannes has gotten a deal. Sony Pictures Classics bought North American rights to Life, Above All, the Oliver Schmitz-directed film that was awarded the Francois Chalais Prize …
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