Sony’s specialty division Sony Pictures Classics has picked up the US distribution rights for Broken Embraces (original title Los Abrazos Rotos), the latest movie from acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar (Volver). This is somewhat surprising because while Sony has distributed many of Almodóvar’s films in the past, Universal Pictures participated in the financing.
In other words, yet another foreign film that Americans won’t see unless they live in a big city and are actually aware of its release. Why can’t US companies give international films big releases? Some people argue that Americans won’t read subtitles, to this I reply The Passion Of The Christ, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Apocalypto, etc… All you need to do is market the film well and reap the rewards. And for those who won’t read subtitles, dubbing works well for American films overeseas.
Broken Embraces will be a film-noir thriller centering on a four-person love story and reunites Pedro Almodóvar with Volver actresses Penélope Cruz and Blanca Portillo as well as actor Lluís Homar (Bad Education). It will premiere in Spain on March of next year.