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SPC Takes North American, Latin American Rights to 'Footnote' (Cannes)

Joseph Cedar's film is in Competition at the Festival de Cannes.

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American and Latin American rights to Footnote from writer-director Joseph Cedar. The film, which is in Competition at the Festival de Cannes, will have its gala premiere Saturday night.

ICM, which reps Cedar, and London-based WestEnd repped the sale.

The film follows what happens between a father and his son, highly competitive professors, after one is chosen to receive a great honor. Shlomo Bar-Aba and Lior Ashkenazi star, David Mandil and United King produced.

Cedar’s previous film, Beaufort, was nominated for best foreign language film at the Oscars in 2007. SPC acquired In a Better World and The Secret in Their Eyes at previous Cannes markets and both won the prize.

“When we met Joseph Cedar a few years ago, we knew he was a director of extraordinary talent,” said SPC co-presidents Tom Bernard and Michael Barker. “We are thrilled that he and our friends at WestEnd have agreed to be partners with us on what promises to be a major American release.”

SPC also has picked up Tamara Drewe and Mother and Child from WestEnd in recent years.

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