‘The Persian Version’ Due on Digital Dec. 5 and on DVD Dec. 12

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release The Persian Version, a story of the Iranian-American experience from writer-director-producer Maryam Keshavarz, digitally Dec. 5 and on DVD Dec. 12.

In the Sony Pictures Classics film, a young woman in Brooklyn, Leila (Layla Mohammadi), strives to find balance and embrace her opposing cultures, while challenging the labels society projects upon her. When her boisterous family reunites in New York City for her father’s heart transplant, Leila keeps her “real” life separate from her family life. But when her secret is revealed, so are the distinct parallels between her life and that of her mother, Shireen. Punctuated by a bright color palette, comedic relief and dance numbers, The Persian Version delivers an honest portrayal of a woman who remains unapologetically herself, blended into a heartfelt story about family, belonging and the undeniable influence of pop music.

The film won the Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

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Sony Pictures Sets Feb. 21 Home Release Date for Doc on Shoemaker to the Stars Salvatore Ferragamo

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced a Feb. 21 home release date for Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams, the latest film from director Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name).

The documentary, about the life of Italian shoemaker Salvatore Ferragamo, who created shoes for stars and films during Hollywood’s silent era, will be available through digital retailers and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD.

Ferragamo began his career as a shoemaker before he was barely a teenager. In America, his work would soon help invent the glamour of Hollywood’s silent ear as he created shoes for iconic films and for such stars as Gloria Swanson, Mary Pickford, and Douglas Fairbanks. 

The film features commentary by Martin Scorsese, Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin and Wanda Ferragamo.

Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams was released under the Sony Pictures Classic banner. It had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September 2020. Before the premiere, Sony Pictures Classics acquired worldwide distribution rights to the film, excluding Italy.

‘Sony Pictures Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection’ Due Nov. 22 for Studio’s 30th Anniversary

In celebration of Sony Pictures Classics’ 30-year anniversary, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is bringing 11 titles from its library to 4K Ultra HD disc, exclusively within the Sony Pictures Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection, available Nov. 22.

Titles include Orlando; The Celluloid Closet; The City of Lost Children; Run Lola Run; SLC Punk; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; The Devil’s Backbone; Volver; Synecdoche, New York; Still Alice; and Call Me by Your Name. Each film is presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision high dynamic range.

While Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon returns to 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision, the other 10 films in the collection are only available on 4K Ultra HD disc within this special limited-edition collector’s set. Also included within the collection is a 24-page booklet, featuring a new essay from film critic David Thomson about the history of Sony Pictures Classics, along with information about each of the included films and an introduction from SPC co-presidents Tom Bernard and Michael Barker. Finally, the set includes hours of archival special features across the 11 films, plus a few newly added materials.

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Orlando stars Tilda Swinton and Billy Zane in a hip, sexy and wickedly funny look at an English nobleman who defies the laws of nature and comes back to life as an English noblewoman.

The Celluloid Closet, narrated by Lily Tomlin, is a hundred-year history of gay men and women on the silver screen.

The French film The City of Lost Children, from Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the director of Amelie and Delicatessen, is a fantastically twisted fairy tale chock-full of curious characters, spectacular stunts and unforgettable visuals.

In the German Run Lola Run, time is running out for Lola (Franka Potente). She’s just received a frantic phone call from her boyfriend, Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu), who’s lost a small fortune belonging to his mobster boss. If Lola doesn’t replace the money in 20 minutes, Manni will surely suffer severe consequences.

In SLC Punk, it’s 1985 and Stevo is that rare animal: a punk rocker in the Mormon stronghold of Salt Lake City, Utah. He just graduated from college with honors and now his life is a nutty roller coaster ride of rock shows, stealing cars, beating up rednecks and non-stop partying with his buddy, Heroin Bob, and his girlfriend. But with the scene getting lame and Stevo going nowhere fast, he has to put his punk ideals to the test.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is an epic set against the breathtaking landscapes of ancient China that combines the exhilarating martial arts choreography by Yuen Wo-Ping (The Matrix) with the sensitivity and classical storytelling of an Ang Lee film. 

In the Spanish film The Devil’s Backbone, with his father killed in the brutal fighting of the Spanish Civil War, 10-year-old Carlos is sent to live at the desolate Santa Lucia School, now a makeshift shelter for war orphans. Soon after his arrival, Carlos has a series of seemingly supernatural encounters: strange shadows, voices and, most frightening of all, the apparition of a brutalized young boy. It turns out that Carlos is not alone in seeing these strange phenomena.

In the Spanish Volver, Academy Award-winner Pedro Almodóvar (2003, Best Original Screenplay, Talk to Her) directs a comedic and compassionate tribute to women and their resilience in the face of life’s most outrageous tribulations. Penélope Cruz leads an ensemble of gifted actresses, including Carmen Maura (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown). In the film, Raimunda (Cruz) and her sister Sole lost their parents in a tragic fire years ago. But superstitious villagers claim that the girls’ departed mother Irene (Maura) has been seen wandering around their Aunt Paula’s home. When Irene appears to Sole, she explains that she has returned to set right her daughters’ troubled lives and reveal shocking secrets that will impact everyone.

Synecdoche, New York is a philosophic adventure from Charlie Kaufman. In the film , theater director Caden Cotard (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is mounting a new play. His life catering to suburban blue-hairs at the local regional theater in Schenectady, New York, is looking bleak. His wife Adele (Catherine Keener) has left him to pursue her painting in Berlin, taking their young daughter Olive with her. His therapist Madeleine Gravis (Hope Davis) is better at plugging her best-seller than she is at counseling him. A new relationship with the alluringly candid Hazel (Samantha Morton) has prematurely run aground. And a mysterious condition is systematically shutting down each of his autonomic functions, one by one. Worried about the transience of his life, he leaves his home behind. He gathers an ensemble cast into a warehouse in New York City, hoping to create a work of brutal honesty. He directs them in a celebration of the mundane, instructing each to live out their constructed lives in a growing mockup of the city outside.

Still Alice stars Julianne Moore as Alice Howland, who is happily married with three grown children and is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested. The film also stars Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth and Hunter Parrish.

Call Me by Your Name is set amid the summer splendor of 1980s Italy where Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire that will alter their lives forever.

Sony’s ‘The Phantom of the Open’ Headed to PVOD July 8

The dramatic comedy The Phantom of the Open will be released on PVOD July 8 from Sony Pictures Classics.

The film tells the true story of Maurice Flitcroft (Mark Rylance), a dreamer and unrelenting optimist. The humble crane operator from Barrow-in-Furness managed to gain entry to The British Open Golf Championship qualifying in 1976, despite never playing a round of golf before. He shot the worst round in Open history and drew the ire of the golfing elite, but became a folk hero in the process and, more importantly, showed his family the importance of pursuing your dreams.

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