Sony picks up Duvall-Murray starrer 'Get Low'
And in more post-Toronto International Film Festival news (more? Yes, more), Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the North American rights to the offbeat drama "Get Low," which stars Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek and Lucas Black. The pic, which screened Sept. 12 and 14 in Toronto, is the feature debut of director Aaron Schneider, who earned an Academy Award nomination for his live-action short "Two Soldiers." Its other tech credits are equally stellar -- the production designer is Oscar nominee Geoffrey Kirkland ("The Right Stuff"), while composer Jan A.P. Kaczmarek won an Academy Award for "Finding Neverland." Duvall, Murray, Spacek and Black are no slouches, either.
"Low" is based on a true story about a rural hermit (Duvall) who decides to throw his own funeral with the help of the local undertaker (Murray). Fans of Southern humor with a decidedly Gothic bent, take note.
-- Paul Gaita
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