Cannes: Sony Pictures Classics Acquires 'Wild Tales' for North America

'Wild Tales,' Damian Szifron (Competition)

Cannes regular Pedro Almodovar won't be in this year's competition, but this comedy from Argentine director Damian Szifron could be the next best thing. Almodovar is one of the producers of the feature, a series of comic sketches that should provide some welcome laughs amid Cannes' typically grim selection of political and social dramas. Wild Tales marks Szifron's first appearance in Cannes. (Sales: Film Factory)

Argentinean director Damian Szifron's competition film is comprised of six separate stories.

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired Argentinean director Damian Szifron's competition film Wild Tales for North America, Australia and New Zealand.

The film, co-produced by Pedro and Agustín Almodóvar’s El Deseo in Spain and Hugo Sigman’s Kramer & Sigman in Argentina, is a comedy thriller comprised of six separate stories.

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Szifron, best known for creating Argentine TV series Los Simuladores, is the only South American representative in the lineup. Wild Tales will premiere on Saturday, May 17.

The cast is led by Ricardo Darín (The Secret in Their Eyes), Óscar Martínez (Empty Nest), Leonardo Sbaraglia (Red Lights), Rita Cortese (Brother and Sister), Julieta Zylberberg (A Boyfriend for My Wife), Erica Rivas (Lock Charmer) and Darío Grandinetti (Talk to Her).

Film Factory Entertainment is handling international sales.

"Wild Tales is as electrifying a film as they come. It is with tremendous excitement that we join our dear friends Pedro, Agustin, Esther, Barbara and the entire El Deseo team, along with Hugo, Matias and K&S and Vicente Canales to introduce the wild and wacky world of Damian Szifron to the American audience," said a statement from Sony Pictures Classics.