Julianne Moore-Michelle Williams Drama 'After the Wedding' Sells to Sony Pictures Classics

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'After the Wedding'

The company plans to release the film, which opened this year's Sundance Film Festival, in August.

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired domestic and international rights to the Julianne Moore-Michelle Williams drama After the Wedding

The film marks the fourth collaboration for director Bart Freundlich, who also wrote the screenplay, and his wife, actress Moore. The story centers on a woman (Williams) looking for a wealthy benefactor (Moore) to fund her orphanage in India. An invitation to attend a wedding ignites a series of events in which the past collides with the present while mysteries unravel.

Buyers were out in force on the Sundance Film Festival's opening night in January as the film made its world premiere at the Eccles Theatre, with Endeavor and Cornerstone Films negotiating the deal and additional funding provided by Rock Island Films.

After the Wedding, which also stars Billy Crudup, has the bonus of being based on an Oscar-nominated Danish film of the same name by Susanne Bier, whose work is red-hot thanks to Netflix's Bird Box.

Joel B. Michaels, Harry Finkel, Moore, Freundlich and Silvio Muraglia produced the pic.

"I’ve known [SPC co-founders] Michael [Barker] and Tom [Bernard] for 23 years when we worked together on my first film, The Myth of Fingerprints. They have impeccable taste, so it is very exciting, and great vote of confidence that they believe so whole heartedly in After the Wedding," Freundlich said Tuesday in a statement.

Sony Pictures Classics plans to release After the Wedding in August.