Maria Callas Documentary To Be Released By Sony Pictures Classics

By Francisco Salazar

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired “Maria by Callas: In Her Own Words.”

Variety is reporting that the distribution company will release Tom Volf’s documentary about La Divina, for distribution in North America, Australia and New Zealand.

The documentary filmmaker spent nearly five years working on the project to deliver a portrait of the iconic soprano illustrated by exclusive footage, photographs, Callas’ own Super 8 films, private live recordings, letters, and rare behind-the scenes archival footage.

Sony Pictures Classics said, “Maria Callas, her voice and story are illustrious. We’re thrilled to be able to help expand this icon’s prodigious following with ‘Maria By Callas: In Her own Words.'”

The movie marks Volf’s debut film and he said  “I couldn’t dream of a better partner than Sony Pictures Classics to bring ‘Maria by Callas’ to audiences.

“I’m sure that thanks to Sony Pictures Classics many people will get to discover, or rediscover, the great artist, and the woman behind the legend, as she has never been seen or heard before,” added Volf.

This year marks the 40th anniversary since Callas’ death. Hollywood is currently producing a number of projects based on the soprano’s life including one project slated to star Meryl Streep. Meanwhile Warner Classics will release a new box set with all of Callas’ Live recordings.