Sony Pictures Classics has fallen for Ira Sachs‘ romantic drama, Love Is Strange.
SPC acquired all North American, German and Scandinavian rights to the film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, Jan. 18.
The film stars John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as a longtime couple who lose their New York City home shortly after getting married. They’re forced to live apart, relying on friends and family to make ends meet. Marisa Tomei, Darren E. Burrows, Charlie Tahan and Cheyenne Jackson also star.
Written by Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias, Love Is Strange was produced by Sachs, Lucas Joaquin, Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy of Parts & Labor, and Jayne Baron Sherman.
Sony Pictures Classics previously worked with Sachs on his 2007 film Married Life.
“I’m thrilled to be working with Michael [Barker], Tom [Bernard] and Dylan [Leiner] again,” said Sachs in a statement. “What was clear from our meetings is that they understand the film as a New York love story anchored by two powerhouse performances by Lithgow and Molina.”
WME Global negotiated the deal. It’s their second sale with Sony Pictures Classics at Sundance following Whiplash.