Sony Pictures Classics Acquired North American Rights to Sundance Award Winning FilmPersian Version, a mother-daughter drama written, directed and produced by Maryam Keshavarz.
The film was critically acclaimed at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award at the American Drama Competition and Waldo in the same sidebar A Salter Award for screenwriting, which drew buyers’ attention to the film and sparked a bidding war that Sony Classics won.
Keshavarz’s film about Iranian immigrants feels neither in America nor in Iran in NY and NJ Layla Mohammadi, Niousha Noor, Kamand Shafeisabet, Bijan Daneshmand, Bella Warda, Chiara Stella, Tom Byrne and Shervin Alenabi star.
The film centers on Iranian-American Leila, played by Mohammadi, who hails from two conflicting countries and struggles to find balance and embrace her opposing cultures while being daring. Challenging the hashtag society was projected onto her so quickly.
is an eloquent film about family and freedom, and at the same time a grand entertainment. We are excited to bring this film to audiences around the world and to collaborate again with our colleagues at Stage 6 Films,” Sony Pictures Classics said in a statement.
Sony Pictures Classics is partnering with Stage 6 Films for the film’s release. Sony Pictures International Distribution will handle the film internationally. This independent film was produced by Keshavarz for Marakesh Films and Anne Carey for Archer Gray Productions, Ben Howe and Luca Borghese for AGX, Peter Block and Cory Neal for A Bigger Boat.
Keshavarz added in her own statement: “In After watching it at home and in our pajamas for over two years, I’m excited to bring the Persian version of to theaters so we can experience it together in a public setting The hilarity and humor of this rowdy American immigrant family. Having grown up watching and loving SPC movies, I’m excited to be working with them to reach as wide an audience as possible for this crazy movie. “
UTA Independent Film Group represents the rights to Stage 6 Films in the US. Keshavarz is represented by UTA, Anne Damato and Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz. 1235306486