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Sony Classics buys 'Frozen River'

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PARK CITY -- "Frozen River," Courtney Hunt's drama about immigrants and single mothers, has been sold to Sony Pictures Classics.

The specialty division scooped up North American rights to the film for a figure said to be just under $1 million. Movie is the first pickup for the company at Sundance, which had aggressively pursued Nanette Burstein's docu "American Teen." Heather Rae and Chip Hourihan produced "River"; William Morris Independent repped the filmmakers.

Producers were said to be impressed by SPC's award campaigning for Amy Adams in "Junebug" two years ago. A number of indie distributors were circling the pic.

The potential awards-season play, which premiered strongly at the Racquet Club last Friday, examines a working-class single mother who teams up with a Native American woman who runs an illegal immigrant-smuggling operation.

Melissa Leo and Misty Upham star.