About Us

Michael Barker and Tom Bernard are co-presidents of Sony Pictures Classics—an autonomous division of Sony Pictures Entertainment founded in January 1992 (with Marcie Bloom) that distributes, produces and acquires independent films from the United States and around the world.

The team has worked with many of the world's finest independent filmmakers including Woody Allen, Pedro Almodóvar, Robert Altman, Allison Anders, Hector Babenco, Kenneth Branagh, Ingmar Bergman, John Boorman, Francis Ford Coppola, David Cronenberg, Luc Dardenne, Jonathan Demme, Guillermo del Toro, Atom Egoyan, R.W. Fassbinder, Mike Figgis, Hal Hartley, Agnieszka Holland, James Ivory, Merchant Ivory, Jim Jarmusch, Norman Jewison, Neil Jordan, Charlie Kaufman, Akira Kurosawa, Neil LaBute, Ang Lee, Richard Linklater, Louis Malle, David Mamet, Errol Morris, Gary Oldman, Jean-Pierre, Sally Potter, Alan Rudolph, John Sayles, Paul Schrader, Fred Schepisi, Lily Tomlin, François Truffaut, Paul Verhoeven, Wong Kar Wai, Wim Wenders, and Zhang Yimou.

Current and Upcoming Releases

Current and upcoming releases include Amour (Michael Haneke), The Gatekeepers (Dror Moreh), No (Pablo Larrain), The Company You Keep (Robert Redford), At Any Price (Ramin Bahrani), Love Is All You Need (Susanne Bier), Fill the Void (Rama Burshtein), Before Midnight (Richard Linklater), I'm So Excited (Pedro Almodovar), Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen), Wadjda (Haifa Al Mansour), The Patience Stone (Atiq Rahimi), For No Good Reason (Charlie Paul), Kill Your Darlings (John Krokidas), and Austenland (Jerusha Hess).

They have been involved with some of the best and most successful independent films from the past two decades including:

Highlights At Sony Pictures Classics (1992–present)

POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (Morgan Spurlock), Incendies (Denis Villeneuve), In a Better World (Susanne Bier), Of Gods and Men (Xavier Beauvois), Barney's Version (Richard J. Lewis), Another Year (Mike Leigh), The Illusionist (Sylvain Chomet), Inside Job (Charles Ferguson), You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (Woody Allen), Animal Kingdom (David Michôd), Get Low (Aaron Schneider), The Secret in Their Eyes (Juan Jose Campanella), Mother and Child (Rodrigo Garcia), Micmacs (Jean-Pierre Jeunet), Wild Grass (Alain Resnais), Please Give (Nicole Holofcener), A Prophet (Un Prophete) (Jacques Audiard), The Last Station (Michael Hoffman), The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke), The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (Terry Gilliam), Broken Embraces (Pedro Almodovar), An Education (Lone Scherfig), Coco Before Chanel (Anne Fontaine), It Might Get Loud (Davis Guggenheim), Whatever Works (Woody Allen), Moon (Duncan Jones), Tyson (James Toback), Every Little Step (James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo), Sugar (Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck), The Class (Laurent Cantet), Waltz With Bashir (Ari Folman), Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman), I've Loved You So Long (Philippe Claudel), Rachel Getting Married (Jonathan Demme), Frozen River (Courtney Hunt), The Wackness (Jonathan Levine), Redbelt (David Mamet), Standard Operating Procedure (Errol Morris), Married Life (Ira Sachs), The Counterfeiters (Stefan Ruzowitzky), The Band's Visit (Eran Kolirin), Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud), The Jane Austen Book Club (Robin Swicord), Interview (Steve Buscemi), Paprika (Satoshi Kon), Angel-A (Luc Besson), The Valet (Francis Veber), Black Book (Paul Verhoeven), The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck), Volver (Pedro Almodóvar), Quinceneara (Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer), Who Killed the Electric Car? (Chris Payne), Friends With Money (Nicole Holofcener), The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (Tommy Lee Jones), Why We Fight (Eugene Jarecki), Cache (Michael Haneke), Breakfast on Pluto (Neil Jordan), Capote (Bennett Miller), 2046 (Wong Kar Wai), Junebug (Phil Morrison), House of Flying Daggers (Zhang Yimou), Saraband (Ingmar Bergman), Kung Fu Hustle (Steven Chow), Spider (David Cronenberg), Baadasssss! (Mario Van Peebles), The Company (Robert Altman), The Fog of War (Errol Morris), Triplets of Bellville (Sylvain Chomet), Winged Migration (Jacques Perrin), All the Real Girls (David Gordon Green), 13 Conversations About One Thing (Jill Sprecher), Talk to Her (Pedro Almodóvar), Dogtown and Z Boys (Stacy Peralta), Pollock (Ed Harris), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee), Sweet and Lowdown (Woody Allen), American Movie (Chris Smith), Run Lola Run (Tom Tykwer), The General (John Boorman), Central Station (Walter Salles), The Opposite of Sex (David Roos), Spanish Prisoner (David Mamet), In the Company of Men (Neil LaBute), Suburbia (Richard Linklater), Waiting for Guffman (Chris Guest), Lone Star (John Sayles), Welcome to the Dollhouse (Todd Solondz), The City of Lost Children (Jean Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro), Safe (Todd Haynes), Persuasion (Roger Michell), Crumb (Terry Zwigoff), Vanya on 42nd Street (Louis Malle), Mi Vida Loca (Allison Anders), Orlando (Sally Potter) and Howards End (Merchant Ivory).

Highlights At Orion Classics (1983–1992)

Pauline, At the Beach, Ran, My Beautiful Launderette, Jean De Florette, Babette's Feast, Au Revoir Les Enfants, Wings of Desire, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Murmur of the Heart, Chocolat, Mystery Train, Cyranon De Bergerac, Europa Europa, Slacker, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, Raise the Red Lantern, The Adjuster.

Highlights At United Artists Classics (1981–1983)

The Last Metro, Diva, Lola, The Night of Shooting Stars, The Last Waltz (reissue).