Sony Pictures Classics picks up Sylvain Chomet’s THE ILLUSIONIST

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
April 27th, 2010

When it comes to indie or foreign films, nobody does it better than Sony Pictures Classics.

According to Variety, the distributor has picked up the rights to Sylvain Chomet’s follow up to his classic film, THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE, called THE ILLUSIONIST. The film follows a stage performer in the midst of slowly falling into obscurity, only to meet a fan that forever changes his life. The film is based on a previously unproduced screenplay penned by the legendary Jacques Tati.

It is looking to get released late this fall, and after playing the Berlin Film Festival, the buzz has been over the top for this film.  Sony has worked with Chomet before with the aforementioned TRIPLETS; and ILLUSIONIST producer Philippe Carcassonnea also produced last year’s superb Sony release, COCO BEFORE CHANEL.

While it’s not shocking at all that this film found a distributor, and even less shocking that it would be Sony Pictures Classics, it is still really good news.  Hopefully it makes the rounds as soon as it can.  TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE may very well be my favorite animated film of all time, so this is one I’m waiting with baited breath to check out.

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