Boy, this brings back psychedelic memories from Brazil. Amplify released a fresh trailer for Terry Gilliam‘s upcoming The Zero Theorem about an eccentric hacker, Quohen (Christoph Waltz), whose given an opportunity by “The Management” to crack an enigmatic code. All the great Gilliam earmarks are here: the monstrous technology, the paranoia with authority, and the mysterious dame (in this case it’s Melanie Thierry’s Bainsley who seduces Quohen) who can possibly provide the escape from it all…or not. Also along for the ride: Matt Damon as Quohen’s boss, Lucas Hedges as a teenage boy who intends to assist the hacker as well as Tilda Swinton, David Thewlis and Ben Whishaw. The Zero Theorem is set to unspool theatrically on Sept. 19. Take a look:
The Terrence Malick-produced film about a boy who would grow up to be the man widely considered America’s greatest presidents was first seen by the world at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Today Amplify announced it has acquired all U.S. rights to The Better Angels. The film from first time writer-director A.J. Edwards will get a fall theatrical release later this year. That will be followed by a VOD and home video release early next year. Better Angels, which also played in Berlin earlier this year, chronicles big changes in the the family life of young Abraham Lincoln over a three-year span in in the harsh Indiana wilderness. The film also focuses on two women who shaped his life, his mother Nancy, played by Brit Marling, , and his step mother Sarah, Diane Kruger, who raised him for a while after Nancy died. The film also stars Jason Clarke as Abe’s father and Wes Bentley. Edwards worked Malick on The New World as an editor and a second unit director on The Tree Of Life and the upcoming Knights Of Cups. Malick produced Better Angels with Jake DeVito, Nicolas Gonda and Charley Beil. Jason Krigfeld, Joseph Krigsfeld, Suzanne Deal Booth and Antoine Douaihy were the EPs. The deal announced today was put together by Cinetic Media and Alan Sacks & Hayden Goldblatt of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC on behalf of the filmmakers and Kent Sanderson on behalf of Amplify.
Director Terry Gilliam’s sci-fi film The Zero Theorem was acquired for theatrical distribution late summer by Amplify and Well Go USA Entertainment which will follow that with a home video release. The specific release date has not been determined. The new film from Gilliam stars Christoph Waltz with Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton, David Thewlis, Melanie Thierry and Lucas Hedges. Theorem tells the story of an eccentric computer genius (Waltz) who lives in a burnt-out church working on a project whose objective is to discover the meaning of life. Gilliam, who directed both Brazil and Twelve Monkeys (as well as the cult classic Monty Python And The Holy Grail), has called this film his final in what he has called his futuristic trilogy. Well Go USA releasing the film on DVD and Blu-ray.
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Amplify, the new all-rights distribution company formed in a merger between Variance Films and GoDigital, has acquired U.S. rights to Stuart Murdoch’s pop musical God Help The Girl. Pic received a World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award when it premiered this year at Sundance. It opens the Generations section of the 64th Berlinale this weekend and will continue its festival run at SXSW this March. God Help The Girl stars Emily Browning, Olly Alexander and Hannah Murray as three friends joined together by music and its possibilities over a summer in Glasgow. God Help The Girl was written, directed, and features all original songs by Belle & Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch. Barry Mendel (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums) produced. Singer Films’ Carole Singer co-produced and Chris Curling and Phil Robertson of Zephyr Films exec produced. Amplify will release the film across the U.S. early this fall, with a home video release to follow.
GoDigital hired ex-Focus Features exec Kent Sanderson at the beginning of the year as EVP Theatrical Distribution & Merchandising and now has a new role for him: teaming with Variance Films president Dylan Marchetti to help run Amplify, a new all-rights film distributor based in NY that will kick off its acquisitions business at the Sundance Film Festival that starts tomorrow. GoDigital CEO Logan Mulvey will be CEO of the venture, which plans 7-10 films a year. GoDigital and Variance will also continue as separate brands. Here’s the release:
New York, NY (January 14, 2014) – GoDigital, Inc. and Variance Films are merging and will rebrand as Amplify, a new all-rights film distribution company, it was announced today by GoDigital CEO Logan Mulvey and Variance Films President Dylan Marchetti.
Marchetti will serve as Amplify’s Executive Vice President of Theatrical Distribution & Marketing and will join Kent Sanderson in Amplify’s New York City office. Sanderson was recently brought on to serve as Executive Vice President of Distribution & Merchandising from Focus Features. Mulvey will function as Amplify’s CEO, overseeing operations and administration, and will work directly with Marchetti and Sanderson to lead the merged company.
Amplify plans to release seven to ten films per year across all platforms, with an emphasis on matching quality films with the proper release strategy on a film-by-film basis, whether that be a day
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