Sony Pictures Classics (SPC) nabbed a brace of films at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) that kicked off last week in Canada. The New York indie distrib picked up North American rights to award-winning Czech filmmaker Jan Hrebejk's latest, Up and Down and noted Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk's 3-Iron. Up and Down had its world premiere at last week's Telluride Film Festival and stars Petr Forman, Emília Vásáryová and Jan Tríska.
A joint statement from SPC's co-presidents Michael Barker and TomBernard said, in part: "It is a pleasure to be back in business with Jan Hrebejk….Several years ago we released [Hrebejk's] Oscar Nominee Divided We Fall. Now Mr. Hrebejk is back with a great movie about the world today that is both a wake-up call and hopeful. As moving as it is witty, in the best Billy Wilder tradition, this movie is a tonic for moviegoers everywhere."
3-Iron is the eleventh film from the award-winning filmmaker who brought The Isle (aka "the fishhook movie"), Samaritan Girl and Bad Guy, among others to audiences around the world. The film was awarded the Leone d'Argento (Special Award for Best Direction) and the Fipresci award at the recently concluded Venice Film Festival. SPC released Kim's Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring, which became the highest grossing Korean film ever released in the US.