SPC takes 'Life, Above All' for N. America

Oliver Schmitz' drama about AIDS orphans in South Africa

COLOGNE, Germany -- Sony Pictures Classics has picked up North American rights to "Life, Above All," Oliver Schmitz' family drama about AIDS orphans in South Africa, from German sales outfit Bavaria Film International.

SPC will handle domestic distribution itself and will likely set up "Life" for a late year release, tying it to a possible Oscar campaign. The indie has used the strategy successfully several times in the past, most recently with 2010 Oscar nominees "The White Ribbon" and "A Prophet."

"Life, Above All" was produced by Dreamer Joint Venture together with Enigma Pictures, Niama Film and Senator Film. The film premiered in Cannes in May.