Asghar Farhadi's Cannes Drama ‘The Past’ Has a Future at Sony Classics

Berenice Bejo and Tahar Rahim star in the foreign-language film

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired U.S. rights to Asghar Farhadi's family drama "The Past," which stars Berenice Beho ("The Artist") and Tahar Rahim ("A Prophet").

Sony Classics has a strong relationship with Iranian filmmaker Farhadi, having released his earlier film "A Separation," which went on to win the foreign-language Oscar in 2012.

"The Past" premiered in competition on Friday night, drawing strong reviews. Sony Classics chiefs Michael Barker and Tom Bernard plan to release the film before the end of the year to position it as an awards contender.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of the purchase.