Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired rights from Totem Films in North America, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia and the Middle East to Juho Kuosmanen’s Compartment No.6, produced by Jussi Rantamäki and Emilia Haukka for Aamu Film Company. Inspired by the novel Compartment No.6 by Rosa Liksom, the script was written by Andris Feldmanis, Livia Ulman and Kuosmanen. The film, which stars Seidi Haarla (Force of Habit, Love & Order) and Yuriy Borisov (Petrov’s Flu), premiered ‘In Competition’ at this year’s Cannes Film Festival to rave reviews and will compete for the Palme D’or.
In the film, a young Finnish woman escapes an enigmatic love affair in Moscow by boarding a train to the arctic port of Murmansk. Forced to share the long ride and a tiny sleeping car with a larger than life Russian miner, the unexpected encounter leads the occupants of Compartment No. 6 to face major truths about human connection.
“Compartment No.6 is a treasure. One of the great train movies with humor and romance, full of surprises. Just the kind of fresh movie audiences want to embrace right now. One of the best films we’ve seen here in Cannes,” said Sony Pictures Classics.
“We’re thrilled to have Juho Kuosmanen join the filmography of great auteurs that SPC represent and delighted to be working again with such a great team,” stated Totem.
The deal was negotiated between Sony Pictures Classics and Totem.