Ahead of Cannes, Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Ira Sachs’ ‘Frankie’


Cannes Film Festival isn’t here just yet, but deals have begun to brew. Sony Pictures Classics has just acquired distribution rights to Ira Sachs’ “Frankie,” starring Isabelle Huppert.

In an exclusive reported by Deadline, Sony will be distributing Ira Sachs’ Portugal-set drama. “Frankie” follows the unfolding of three generations as they grapple with their lives amid their vacationing in the villas of Sintra. Isabelle Huppert stars as the matriarch at the center of the story.

From the Deadline article:

“The experience and sensibilities of the team at SPC makes it a wonderful match for Frankie,” Saïd noted. “I am so pleased their passion for this film means it has now the ability to be seen by audiences in North America and many other countries.”

SPC said: “Ira Sachs once again proves himself to be a major American director with Frankie. We are thrilled to be back together with Ira, producer Saïd Ben Saïd and the superb cast.”

The deal was brokered directly between Saïd and SPC. The deal is for North America, Eastern Europe (including CIS), Scandinavia, the Middle East, South Africa, Spain, India and worldwide airlines.

Huppert, who was recently seen in the thriller “Greta,” stars alongside the cast of Marissa Tomei, Brendan Gleeson, Greg Kinnear and Vinette Robinson. Sachs writes the script with collaborator Mauricio Zacharias (“Little Men,” “Keep the Lights On”). Sachs’ drama is poised to be an interesting look at relations within a complex family.

SBS is producing and distributing “Frankie” theatrically in France Aug. 28, three months after its world premiere at Cannes.

The 72nd Cannes Film Festival takes place May 14-25.

Cannes poster for Ira Sachs’ “Frankie”

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