Roadside Attractions and Liddell Entertainment have picked up U.S. distribution rights to Alejandro Gonnzalez Inarritu's "Biutiful," which premiered at this year's Cannes Film Festival, the companies announced Wednesday.
A December theatrical release is planned; the North American bow will take place at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.
Javier Bardem won the best actor award at Cannes for his performance in the drama that takes place in the criminal underworld of Barcelona.
“'Biutiful' joins the growing pantheon of tremendous, groundbreaking work by Alejandro González Iñárritu,” said Roadside Attractions co-president Howard Cohen in a statement. “It’s a deeply felt film, guaranteed to rock audiences to their core, and that’s due to the amazing reciprocity between filmmaker and actor. Alejandro and Javier are two halves of the same whole.”