Earlier at the Toronto International Film Festival, we heard that Sony Pictures Classics was hard at work acquiring films. The art house and independent studio already picked up “Stan & Ollie” as a new narrative feature. That film looks to receive an awards push, which bodes well for one John C. Reilly. However, Sony Pictures Classics has since shown they are not done with TIFF. In addition to bringing “Maria By Callas” to the documentary programme, they picked up another TIFF doc. This one, “Maiden,” could be one to watch for as a statement of women empowerment.
According to Deadline, Sony Pictures Classics has officially acquired “Maiden” for distribution around the world. “Maiden” follows the first all-women crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race. Already, the stars of the documentary have shown up to support the film, including one of its subjects Tracy Edwards. Edwards captained the vessel during the 1989 race. Alex Holmes directs “Maiden” which is said to be an extremely emotional viewing experience.
Sony Pictures Classics has proven to be very active during this TIFF. With this acquisition, they continue to stockpile films for the 2018 Oscar push. SPC received criticism last year with how it handled the campaign of “Call Me By Your Name” and the distribution of the film. Despite this, SPC has been a staple of the awards season for more than a decade. “Son of Saul,” “Toni Erdmann” and “Elle” are just a few of their titles since 2015. They also won the documentary feature category with 2012’s “Searching for Sugarman” in a runaway race. Sony Pictures Classics is a very strong studio, and with plenty of time until Oscar ballots are due, expect a big push for a film like “Maiden” in this field.