Sony Pictures Classics gets 'Education'

Specialty division buys dramedy for $3 mil-$4 mil

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PARK CITY -- Sony Pictures Classics has picked up North American and select Latin American rights to "An Education," a Nick Hornby-penned period romance that has been buzzing with attention from multiple distribution suitors since its Sunday afternoon screening.

The deal for Lone Scherfig's 1960s-set dramedy closed Monday night for about $3 million-$4 million.

The CAA-repped film, which stars festival breakout Carey Mulligan as a teenager who gets involved with a charming older man (Peter Sarsgaard), attracted serious interest from Fox Seachlight, Overture, Lionsgate, the Weinstein Co. and Focus Features. But SPC ultimately made the right pitch after Fox, in particular, was unable to meet the sellers' demands.

The Sony specialty division also picked up the Carlos Cuaron-directed soccer comedy "Rudo y Cursi" a week before the fest began.