Sony Pictures Classics and Sony’s Stage 6 Films have partnered up to acquire the global rights to Heidi Ewing’s feature narrative debut, “I Carry You With Me,” out of Sundance.
Ewing and Alan Page Arriaga co-wrote the film that premiered in the festival’s NEXT section. The film will be released later this year. “I Carry You With Me” is produced by Mynette Louie and Ewing, alongside co-producers Gabriela Maire, Edher Campos and Alexandra Vivas. Norman Lear, Brent Miller, Teddy Schwarzman, Ben Stillman and Michael Heimler of Black Bear Pictures executive produced.
Production companies are Loki Films, The Population, and Zafiro Cinema. Armando Espitia, Christian Vasquez and Michelle Rodriguez star.
“I Carry You With Me” is based on a true story of a decades-spanning romance that begins in Mexico between an aspiring chef and a teacher. Societal pressure weighs on them, forcing the couple to relocate to New York.
“I’m simply over the moon to collaborate with Sony Pictures Classics on my narrative debut,” Ewing said. “I’ve admired their deft releases of great films like ‘Call Me By Your Name,’ ‘Amour,’ ‘A Fantastic Woman’ and ‘Pain and Glory’ and know that they will bring this love story to audiences worldwide with great care.”
Sony Pictures Classics added: “‘I Carry You With Me’ is a major motion picture, a remarkable emotional experience — urgent in its timeliness, a richly rewarding entertainment. Heidi Ewing has gone beyond all definitions of genre here. Heidi’s life energy is in every frame, a filmmaker of major proportions. It is a privilege to partner with Heidi, her fearless producer Mynette Louie, Black Bear and our friends at Sony’s Stage 6 Films, whose commitment to this film has been unflagging since its inception.”
Alexander Almogabar Zahn oversaw the film for Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions production label Stage 6 Films. CAA Media Finance packaged and represented the film at Sundance.
Variety first reported the news.