"Lebanon," the critically acclaimed movie that won the Golden Lion award as best picture at the Venice Film Festival this year, will be distributed in the United States by Sony Pictures Classics, the art-house division of Sony Pictures Entertainment, which specializes in acquiring independent films.

The company also acquired the distribution rights to other successful Israeli films, including "Waltz with Bashir" and "The Band's Visit."

"The negotiations were held over a few months, and there is no doubt that winning the award in Venice and the considerable attention given to 'Lebanon' in [the film festival in] Toronto tipped the balance in its favor," David Silber, one of the film's producers, said.