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Sony Pictures Classics Negotiating for Rights to 'Hysteria'

Maggie Gyllenhaal stars in the romantic comedy about the invention of the vibrator.

Hysteria - Toronto Film Festival - H 2011

Sony Pictures Classics is negotiating to pick up U.S. and South Africa rights to the Tanya Wexler-directed romantic comedy Hysteria, which just had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Felicity Jones and Jonathan Pryce star in the real-life-based story of a doctor in Victorian England who invents an early prototype of the vibrator in his efforts to cure women diagnosed with "hysteria." Stephen and Jonah Lisa Dyer wrote the screenplay.

Sarah Curtis, Judy Cairo and Tracey Becker produced the film, which had several distributors in the hunt for rights.

SPC also recently picked up U.S. rights to Nadine Labaki’s Where Do We Go Now?, Lebanon’s submission for the best foreign-language film Oscar. The specialty distributor has the forthcoming fall releases A Dangerous Method, Carnage, which will launch the New York Film Festival tonight, and Take Shelter, which opens today.