SPC seeds U.S., Oz with 'Wild Grass'

Picks up rights to Alain Resnais film

NEW YORK -- Sony Pictures Classics is growing "Wild Grass," picking up the latest feature from French New Wave director Alain Resnais.

Andre Dussollier, Sabine Azema and Mathieu Amalric star in the pic, which tells the story of a romance that begins with an incident of a found wallet. The film is based on Christian Gailly's French novel "L'incident"; it premiered at May's Festival de Cannes.

SPC has acquired U.S., Australian and New Zealand rights to the French-language pic. Jean-Louis Livi produced, while Alain Vannier and Orly Films repped the filmmakers in the sale.

The "Grass" acquisition marks the sixth film that Sony will release among pics that played the Croisette this year, a list that includes Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or-winning "The White Ribbon."

The octogenarian Resnais, known for groundbreaking midcentury classics like "Hiroshima Mon Amour," continues to work at a prolific pace. He last directed the interlocking romance "Private Fears in Public Places" in 2006.