Cannes: Sony Pictures Classics Snatches Up North American Rights To ‘Our Little Sister’

Sony Pictures Classics has preemptively acquired the North American distribution rights for drama ‘Our Little Sister’ (Umimachi Diary), before it’s premiere this afternoon, the film is part of the Cannes Film Festival’s official competition selection.

The film focuses on three sisters Sachi, Yoshino and Chika — they live together in a large house in the city of Kamakura. When their father, absent from the family home for the last 15 years dies, they travel to the countryside for his funeral and meet their shy teenage half-sister. Bonding quickly with the orphaned Suzu, they invite her to live with them. Suzu eagerly agrees and a new life of joyful discovery begins for the four siblings.

Sony Pictures Classics commented on the rights sale in a press release saying “Our Little Sister is a perfect match for Sony Classics and we’re really grateful that Wild Bunch and Gaga have entrusted us with this special film.

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The film is written and directed by Kore-Eda Hirokazu, staring the four sisters Ayase Haruka as Sachi, Nagasawa Masami as Yoshino, Kaho as Chika and Hirose Suzu as Suzu.

At the Cannes Film Festival, ‘Our Little Sister’ is set to have its gala presentation on Thursday and the sale was handled by Wild Bunch, which is handling foreign sales for the film. Wild Bunch is also distributing this years opening night presentation ‘La Tete Haute’ (Standing Tall).


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