Weinstein Co. Picks Up Vicky Cristina Barcelona

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The Weinstein Company has acquired North American distribution rights to Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona starring Javier Bardem (No Country For Old Men, Before Night Falls), Patricia Clarkson (The Station Agent, Goodnight, And Good Luck.), Penelope Cruz (Volver, Blow), Kevin Dunn (Transformers), Rebecca Hall (The Prestige), Scarlett Johansson (Match Point, The Nanny Diaries) and Chris Messina (You’ve Got Mail). Written and directed by Woody Allen, the feature was produced by longtime Allen collaborators’ Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, and Gareth Wiley as well as Jaume Roures (La Torre de Suso, Salvador). The announcement was made today by Harvey Weinstein, a co-chairman of The Weinstein Company.

Just as New York City was the backdrop in Woody Allen’s Manhattan, the stunning city of Barcelona is the setting for the romantic adventures of Vicky and Cristina. These two young Americans spend a summer in Spain and meet a flamboyant artist (Bardem) and his beautiful but insane ex-wife (Cruz). Vicky (Hall) is straight-laced and about to be married. Cristina (Johansson) is a sexually adventurous free spirit. When they all become amorously entangled, the results are both hilarious and harrowing.

Harvey Weinstein stated, “‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’ is a funny, sexy and smart film, where once again, Woody is at the top of his game. Through the years, my brother and I have formed an incredible relationship with Woody and Letty and we are so pleased to be working on our sixth film together.”

Woody Allen stated, “This is now my sixth project with the Weinsteins and I value the relationship we have created through the years. They have always done a wonderful job with my movies and are supportive in every way. ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’ is a film I am very proud of and the Weinstein distributing touch will be a huge asset to it’s release.”

The film is currently in post-production and will be released in 2008.

Bob and Harvey Weinstein distributed several of Allen’s films during their tenure at Miramax Films including Everyone Says I Love You, Mighty Aphrodite, Bullets Over Broadway, and Celebrity, and The Weinstein Company is currently distributing Cassandra¬ís Dream.