SPC nabs pair of Cannes selections

'Lorna's Silence,' 'O'Horten' add to distrbutor's haul

CANNES -- At the close of the Festival de Cannes, Sony Pictures Classics was finalizing North American buys on two fest titles.

After reports SPC would leave the fest empty-handed, the distributor nabbed "Lorna's Silence," the Dardenne brothers' Competition drama centering on an Albanian immigrant, and "O'Horten," Bent Hamer's Un Certain Regard portrait of an elderly Norweigan train driver. As previously reported, SPC is taking home James Toback's docu "Tyson."

The distributor is taking advantage of a soft marketm with deals said to be in the low- to mid-six figures. SPC is one of the few studio specialty divisions with a strong appetite for foreign fare, making Cannes a typically fertile shopping ground for them.