EXCLUSIVE: New York-based distributor Adopt Films has acquired all U.S. rights to French director Jacques Doillon’s Love Battles (aka Mes Séances De Lutte). The movie debuted in the Panorama section of Berlin earlier this year. The story follows a young woman who deals with her father’s death by engaging in a contest of wills, physicality and carnality with the caretaker of his estate. Sara Forestier, here in Cannes with Katell Quillévéré’s Critics’ Week opener Suzanne, stars alongside James Thiérrée. Adopt is planning a theatrical and VOD release this fall for the controversial title that will go out in France afterwards. Led by Tim Grady and Jeff Lipsky, Adopt has had a healthy track record with films coming out of Berlin. At the 2012 fest, they picked up Ursula Meier’s Sister, which was shortlisted for a foreign language Oscar. They also acquired Christian Petzold’s Barbara which won the directing Silver Bear, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s Golden Bear winner Caesar Must Die and Miguel Gomes’ Tabu, winner of the FIPRESCI prize (Gomes is president of the Critics’ Week jury here in Cannes). Grady negotiated the deal on behalf of Adopt with Doc & Film CEO Daniela Elstner.
“Molly’s Theory of Relativity” is a sexy, funny, surreal, and devastating portrait of a beautiful twenty-eight-year-old astronomer who, having unexpectedly lost her job, is poised to make perhaps the first reckless decision of her life. Her story unfolds during an eighteen hour period, on Halloween. Providing counsel on the fateful day are her husband, her father-in-law, three deceased relatives, a precocious nine-year-old trick-or-treater, her grandfather from Minot, North Dakota, and a six year old neighbor, who may or may not be imaginary. “Molly’s Theory of Relativity” is about the economy, how we value and measure the pride we take in what we choose to do for a living, the unbreakable bonds of family, and the notion that death is merely a relative thing.
Here’s the other perspective in Café De Flore, which explores the parallel fates of a young mother with a disabled son in 1960s Paris and a divorced, successful DJ in contemporary Montreal. Jean-Marc Vallée (C.R.A.Z.Y, The Young Victoria), directed the film that stars Vanessa Paradis, Kevin Parent and Hélène …
Café De Flore explores the parallel fates of Jacqueline, a young mother with a disabled son in 1960s Paris, and Antonio, a recently divorced, successful DJ in present-day Montreal. Jean-Marc Vallée (C.R.A.Z.Y, The Young Victoria), directed the film, which stars Vanessa Paradis (Girl On The Bridge). Adopt Films releases Café …
Specialty Box Office: ‘The Ballad Of Genesis And Lady Jaye,’ ‘Friends With Kids,’ ‘Good For Nothing,’ ‘Jiro Dreams Of Sushi,’ ‘Salmon Fishing In The Yemen’
This weekend’s specialty releases includes Friends With Kids, which will open in over 300 locations on one end and doc Jiro Dreams Of Sushi, slated for two initial runs in New York before heading slowly out in other cities on the other. Fresh from its string of Berlin acquisitions, Adopt Films will open The Ballad Of Genesis And Lady Jaye Stateside, while New Zealand “spaghetti western” Good For Nothing makes its way to theaters from down under. Swedish director Lasse Hallstrom’s Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is also among this weekend’s specialty offerings – a project he took over before shooting.
The Ballad Of Genesis And Lady Jaye
Director: Marie Losier
Cast: Genesis P-Orridge, Lady Jaye Breyer P’Orridge and Big Boy Breyer P’Orridge
Distributor: Adopt Films
One of the early pick ups by Adopt Films, the documentary about artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and his wife and collaborator, Lady Jaye was picked up by Adopt Films last Labor Day by the newly formed company co-headed by the veteran specialty distributor Jeff Lipsky who co-founded October Films back in the ’90s. “I don’t know that I’ve ever been involved with another film after distributing over 230 films that has been in production for seven years,” Lipsky told Deadline. He and partner Tim Grady made news at the recent Berlin International Film Festival picking up a number of films from the event’s competition lineup, surprising even Lipsky. “It was a surreal experience. We saw so many films in main competition that blew me away, so we decided to go for buying films. We thought we’d never get them but we did. That (experience) never happened at October or Lot 47 Films.”
Adopt Films has announced its acquisition of all U.S. rights to Jean-Marc Vallée’s “Café de Flore,” which World Premiered at the 2011 Venice Film Festival and enjoyed its North American Premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.
Co-starring Vanessa Paradis, Kevin Parent, Hélène Florent and Evelyne Brochu, “Café de Flore” has been nominated for a spectacular 13 Genie Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Oscars ©. Its nominations include Best Motion Picture, Best Director (Vallée), Best Screenplay (Vallée), Best Actress (Paradis), Best Supporting Actress (Florent), and Best Supporting Actor (Marin Gerrier). The Genie Awards will be presented on March 8th. “Café de Flore” was produced by Pierre Even and Marie-Claude Poulin. Vallée’s previous films include “Liste Noire,” “C.R.A.Z.Y.,” and “The Young Victoria,” produced by Graham King and Martin Scorsese.
The deal was negotiated by Nicolas Brigaud-Robert, Managing partner of international sales company Films Distribution and Adopt’s Co-Managing Executives Tim Grady and Jeff Lipsky.
Adopt Films is continuing its spending spree at the Berlin International Film Festival, landing U.S. rights to Christian Petzold’s drama Barbara just before the film won the runner-up Silver Bear at the festival’s awards ceremony yesterday. The latest deal, announced …
Adopt Films has announced its acquisition of all U.S. rights to Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s “Caesar Must Die,” its second acquisition of a title competing for the Golden Bear at this year’s ongoing Berlin International Film Festival following Ursula Meier’s “Sister.”
“Caesar Must Die” is the latest and one of the most surprising entries to be co-directed by the Taviani Brothers. This revivifying effort is the latest chapter in a storied career that includes “Padre Padrone,” “The Night of the Shooting Stars,” “Good Morning, Babylon,” “Elective Infinities,” and “Kaos.”
“Caesar Must Die” was written by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani with the collaboration of Fabio Cavalli. It stars Cosimo Rega, Salvatore Striano, Giovanni Arcuri and Antonio Frasca. The deal was negotiated by Catia Rossi representing RAI Trade and Adopt’s Co-Managing Executive Tim Grady.
A fully scripted semi-documentary work, “Caesar Must Die” takes the audience behind the walls of Rome’s high-security Rebibbia prison for the rehearsal, staging, and performing of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, a production cast with actual prison inmates. Alternatively fierce and introspective, acted and experienced with abject reality, “Caesar Must Die” explores the transformative power of art even under the most dire and seemingly hopeless of circumstances.
Adopt Films has acquired U.S. rights to Sister (L´enfant d´en haut), the Ursula Meier-directed film that had its world premiere in the main competition of the Berlin International Film Festival. Adopt plans a late 2012 theatrical release. Sister stars Léa Seydoux and Kacey Mottet Klein. They play siblings struggling for survival amid the high-end ski resorts of the Swiss Alps, she working odd jobs, he excelling in not-so-petty acts of larceny, both of them walking a razor’s edge, their lives often as dangerously thrilling as those skiers from whom they steal. Seydoux played roles in Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris and Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, and starred in the Berlin Competition opener Farewell, My Queen.
Adopt Films has acquired U.S. theatrical rights to Debbie Goodstein’s semi-autobiographical coming-of-age comedy-drama Mighty Fine, the distributor’s co-managing executive Jeff Lipsky announced. Set in the 1970s, Mighty Fine is the story of Joe Fine, a high-spirited man who relocates his family — wife Stella, and daughters Nathalie and Maddie — from Brooklyn to New Orleans in search of a better life and palatial home, but his dreams and extravagance far exceed his means. Chazz Palminteri (Bullets Over Broadway, A Bronx Tale) and Andie MacDowell (sex lies and videotape, Groundhog Day) play the parents, and Jodelle Ferland (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Tideland) and Rainey Qualley (MacDowell’s daughter, in her debut) play the daughters. Adopt plans a 2012 Memorial Day weekend platform rollout.