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Sony Pictures Classics Loves LIZA.

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PARK CITY, Utah--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--Jan. 23, 2002

Sony Pictures Classics picked up all English speaking territorial rights (North America, UK, Australia and New Zealand) and Latin American rights to Todd Louiso's entrancing new film, LOVE LIZA.

LOVE LIZA starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Kathy Bates is the inspired story of one man's struggle to deal with the tragic loss of his wife. Both a mix of drama and wit, LOVE LIZA screened to enthusiastic audiences at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.

"This is a major work by a major filmmaker with two of the finest performances ever from Philip Seymour Hoffman and Kathy Bates," comments Michael Barker, co-President Sony Pictures Classics. "It is a great pleasure to be in business again with Studio Canal Plus and Wild Bunch. The producers are to be congratulated."

"Knowing that Sony Pictures Classics is distributing LOVE LIZA is the most exciting news we could share," notes Ruth Charney one of the producers of the film on behalf of the director, cast and all the producers Jeff Roda, Chris Hanley, and Fernando Sulichin. "We feel we have a very special and sensitive film and really needed a very special and sensitive distributor to represent us and take our film to the public."

This is director's second foray at the Sundance Film Festival. His short Fifteen Minute Hamlet screened at the 1997 Festival.

PLEASE NOTE: LOVE LIZA WAS THE RECIPIENT OF THE WALDO SALT SCREENWRITING AWARD AT THE 2002 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL.
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