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Sony Pictures Classics Catches ‘Hysteria’…VARIETY


Sony Pictures Classics has closed its deal for U.S. and South African rights to “Hysteria,” centered on the invention of the vibrator in Victorian-era England.

Sony Classics made the announcement Thursday, six weeks after Cassian Elwes confirmed that he was in negotiations. “Hysteria” premiered on Sept. 15 at Toronto Intl. Film Festival following several press and industry showings.

IFC, Samuel Goldwyn and Millienium Entertainment also made bids on “Hysteria,” starring Hugh Dancy, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jonathan Pryce, Felicity Jones and Rupert Everett. Pic, penned by Stephen Dyer and Jonah Lisa Dyer, is directed by Tanya Wexler.

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