March 12, 2006

Sony Classics celebrates ‘Quinceanera’ deal

By Gregg Goldstein

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Sony Pictures Classics has
nabbed all North American and Latin American rights to recent
Sundance Film Festival winner "Quinceanera."

The coming-of-age drama centers on a Mexican-American girl
(played by Emily Rios in her film debut) who discovers she is
pregnant while planning her 15th birthday party, an important
rite-of-passage known as the quinceanera. Rejected by her
family, she moves in with her great-great-uncle and a similarly
outcast gay cousin only to face another challenge with the
landlords in the quickly gentrifying Los Angeles neighborhood
of Echo Park.

In a rare double, it won both the Grand Jury and audience
awards in Sundance's dramatic feature competition. It was
written and directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland.

Although the filmmakers didn't want to reveal the cost of
the production, Westmoreland said "it was about a tenth the
size of 'King Kong's' craft-service budget."

At the time, production sources claimed that five
distributors were circling the project, though there was said
to be some hesitation over the film's blend of Spanish and
English dialogue.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter