Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up ‘Mother’

Rodrigo Garcia's film premiered at Toronto Film Festival.

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired U.S. rights to Rodrigo Garcia's "Mother and Child" from WME Global.

The drama, starring Annette Bening, Naomi Watts, Samuel L. Jackson, Jimmy Smits and Kerry Washington, debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival as a Gala Presentation.

"Mother" was written and directed by García, whose previous films include "Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her" and "Nine Lives." 

Producers are Lisa Maria Falcone through her Everest Entertainment and Julie Lynn via her Mockingbird Pictures. "Babel's" Alejandro González Iñárritu is the executive producer. 

"I’ve been wanting to work with [SPC co-presidents] Tom [Bernard] and Michael [Barker] for a long time. SPC is one of the great brands in independent filmmaking. It’s so fortunate that we can be part of that family,” Garcia said.

The international sales agent for the film is WestEnd Films.

Everest will donate a share of its profits from "Mother and Child" to charities providing services and support for women and children.