SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES RIGHTS TO ‘AMÉLIE’ AND SETS NATIONWIDE THEATRICAL REISSUE FOR FEBRUARY 14, 2024
The distributor picked up all rights in North America, excluding French Canada, to the beloved Oscar-nominated film
NEW YORK (December 20, 2023) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all rights in North America (excluding French Canada) to Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s AMÉLIE and will reissue the film in 250 theaters nationwide on February 14, 2024. The rights were acquired from TF1 Studio, now known as Newen Connect.
First released in the U.S. in 2002, the film stars Audrey Tautou and directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. It won the People’s Choice Award at the 2001 Toronto International Film Festival and went on to receive five Academy Award® nominations, including Best Foreign Language Film, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Cinematography.
Amélie (Audrey Tatou), the heroine of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s award-winning whimsical romance, is no ordinary young woman. A waitress in a Montmartre, Paris bar, Amélie observes people and lets her imagination roam free. One day, she suddenly finds her purpose in life: to solve other people’s problems. We follow her around a lovingly and vividly photographed Paris of saturated colors, as she engineers offbeat solutions to better her deserving co-workers, relatives, and neighbors’ lives—among them, the concierge who spends her day sipping port while communing with a stuffed dog; Georgette, the hypochondriac newsdealer; and the “glass man”, who lives vicariously through a Renoir reproduction. Amélie’s mission to help others is rudely interrupted when she meets a strange, off-beat young man, Nino Quincampoix (Mathieu Kassovitz), who captures her interest, and sets her on a mission to accomplish something for herself… in the most charming and complicated way possible.
Sony Pictures Classics has previously released two of Jeunet’s films, THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN (1995) and MICMACS (2009).
The distributor stated, “We are excited to work with Jeunet again, this time by reissuing one of his best films, an irresistibly delightful tale brought to life by Audrey Tautou’s iconic performance. While over 20 years have passed since AMÉLIE’s original release, the film’s legacy continues to bloom. It is our pleasure to bring back this beloved classic to enchant audiences once more and reach a new generation of moviegoers.”
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Michael Barker and Tom Bernard serve as co-presidents of Sony Pictures Classics—an autonomous division of Sony Pictures Entertainment they founded with Marcie Bloom in January 1992—which distributes, produces, and acquires independent films from around the world. Barker and Bernard have released prestigious films that have won 41 Academy Awards® (37 of those at Sony Pictures Classics) and have garnered 186 Academy Award® nominations (160 at Sony Pictures Classics) including Best Picture nominations for THE FATHER, CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, WHIPLASH, AMOUR, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, AN EDUCATION, CAPOTE, HOWARDS END, and CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON.
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