Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Bart Freundlich’s "After the Wedding"
NEW YORK (May 14, 2019) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all rights in North America, France, India and several other Asian countries to Bart Freundlich’s AFTER THE WEDDING. The film is an adaptation of Susanne Bier’s Academy Award® nominated Danish film of the same title and screened as an opening night selection at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
[The Negromancer review of Susanne Bier's original After the Wedding is here.]
Directed by Freundlich (The Myth of Fingerprints, The Rebound, Wolves), AFTER THE WEDDING stars Academy Award® winner Julianne Moore, Academy Award® nominee Michelle Williams, Billy Crudup, and Abby Quinn.
Isabel (Michelle Williams) has dedicated her life to working with the children in an orphanage in Calcutta. Theresa (Julianne Moore) is the multimillionaire head of a media company who lives with her artist husband (Billy Crudup) and their twin boys in New York. When word comes to Isabel of a mysterious and generous grant for the financially struggling orphanage, she must travel to New York to meet the benefactor—Theresa—in person.
The film is produced by Joel B. Michaels and Harry Finkel. The film is an Ingenious Media and Riverstone Pictures presentation, Executive Produced by Nik Bower and Deepak Nayar for Riverstone and Peter Touche and Andrea Scarso for Ingenious.
AFTER THE WEDDING reunites Freundlich and Sony Pictures Classics, having worked together on Freundlich’s first feature, THE MYTH OF FINGERPRINTS. Sony Pictures Classics has also collaborated on a number of films with Julianne Moore, including Vanya on 42nd Street, Safe and Still Alice, for which she was awarded the Academy Award® for Best Actress.
Said Bart Freundlich, “I’ve known Michael and Tom for 23 years when we worked together on my first film, 'The Myth of Fingerprints'. They have impeccable taste, so it is very exciting, and great vote of confidence that they believe so whole heartedly in 'After the Wedding’.“
Added Joel Michaels, “I’m thrilled that we are working with the Sony Pictures Classics team. Michael Barker and Tom Bernard run a very classy company and After The Wedding simply couldn’t be in better hands.”
From Sony Pictures Classics, “Stunning performances with a nail biter of a story executed perfectly by director Bart Freundlich. AFTER THE WEDDING makes for a perfect end of summer release.”
An August 2019 release is planned for the film.
The deal was negotiated by Endeavor Content and Cornerstone Films on behalf of the filmmakers. Additional funding was provided by Rock Island Films.
ABOUT SONY PICTURES CLASSICS
Michael Barker and Tom Bernard serve as co-presidents of Sony Pictures Classics—an autonomous division of Sony Pictures Entertainment they founded with Marcie Bloom in January 1992—which distributes, produces, and acquires independent films from around the world. Barker and Bernard have released prestigious films that have won 39 Academy Awards® (35 of those at Sony Pictures Classics) and have garnered 173 Academy Award® nominations (151 at Sony Pictures Classics) including Best Picture nominations for CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, WHIPLASH, AMOUR, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, AN EDUCATION, CAPOTE, HOWARDS END, AND CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON.
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