Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Atom Egoyan's Film, 'Adoration'

A Modern Drama Of Teens Reimagining Themselves Through The Internet

May 07, 2008, 01:00 ET from Sony Pictures Classics

    NEW YORK, May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- It was announced today that Sony
 Pictures Classics acquired U.S. rights, Latin America, Australia and New
 Zealand to Atom Egoyan's eleventh film "Adoration." "Adoration" re-teams
 the Oscar-nominated director ("The Sweet Hereafter") with producer Robert
 Lantos ("Eastern Promises") who has been involved in seven of Egoyan's
 films and re-teams Lantos with Sony Pictures Classics. Their last
 collaboration was on "Being Julia" which garnered an Oscar nomination for
 its star, Annette Bening in 2005. The film will have its world premiere in
 the official competition at the Cannes International Film Festival on May
     "Adoration" speaks to our connections -- with each other, with our
 family history, with technology and with the modern world.
     Sabine, a high school French teacher, gives her class a translation
 exercise based on a real news story about a terrorist who plants a bomb in
 the airline luggage of his pregnant girlfriend.
     The assignment has a profound effect on one student, Simon, who reads
 his version to the class and then takes it to the Internet. He has created
 a false identity, which allows him to probe a family secret. As Simon uses
 his new persona to journey deeper into his past, the public reaction is
 swift and strong. Then an exotic woman revels her true identity and the
 truth about Simon's family emerges. The film stars Arsinee Khanjian
 ("Ararat," "Felicia's Journey"), Scott Speedman ("Underworld") Rachel
 Blanchard ("Snakes on a Plane") and Devon Bostick.
     "I'm thrilled to be working with Sony Pictures Classics on
 'Adoration,'" stated Egoyan. "Michael and Tom were vital in introducing my
 work to the U.S. in the early nineties, and this will be a great
 opportunity to work together again. They're the perfect distributor for
 this film."
     Comments Robert Lantos, "In Michael and Tom's nurturing hands
 'Adoration' has found a perfect home."
     Sony Pictures Classics released the following statement: "Atom is at
 the peak of his form with 'Adoration.'" This is an overwhelmingly
 satisfying movie that speaks to the emotional complexity of our modern
 lives. It goes with out saying that it is a pleasure and privilege to be
 working again with Atom and Robert."
     Executive produced by Robert Lantos, "Adoration" is produced by Egoyan,
 Simone Urdl and Jennifer Weiss ("Away From Her"), with Marcy Gerstein as
 associate producer. Director of photography is Paul Sarossy, production
 designer is Phillip Barker, costume designer is Debra Hanson and Susan
 Shipton is editor.

SOURCE Sony Pictures Classics