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Rufus Norris’ ‘Broken’ Leads British Independent Film Awards Nominations

With nine nods, Rufus Norris’ Cannes Critics’ Week opener Broken leads the nominees for this year’s Moët British Independent Film Awards. Studiocanal is releasing Broken in the UK – although it has not yet been dated – and Film Movement has it domestically. The coming-of-age drama stars Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy and Rory Kinnear, who all received acting nods. Also scoring multiple shout-outs are Ben Wheatley’s comedy Sightseers and Peter Strickland’s horror film Berberian Sound Studio with seven each and Bart Layton’s The Imposter with six. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel also has a strong showing with nods for best film and director along with acting nominations for Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Tom Wilkinson. The 15th BIFAs will be handed out on December 9 in London. The full list of nominees follows:

BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM
Berberian Sound Studio
Broken
Sightseers
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The Imposter

BEST DIRECTOR
Bart Layton – The Imposter
Ben Wheatley – Sightseers
John Madden – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Peter Strickland – Berberian Sound Studio
Rufus Norris – Broken

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Cannes Pic ‘Broken’ Acquired By Film Movement

By | Thursday September 27, 2012 @ 1:46pm PDT

British stage director Rufus Norris’ feature debut Broken was the opening-night film at Cannes‘ Critics Week sidebar this year. Film Movement has acquired rights to the drama starring Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy and newcomer Eloise Laurence. It will open it in New York in early 2013 alongside VOD and a limited national rollout. The pic is based on Daniel Clay’s novel about a girl’s abrupt coming-of-age after witnessing a savage beating that strips her of her innocence, and only love can save her. The acquisition was negotiated by Film Movement president Adley Gartenstein and Carole Baraton of Wild Bunch.

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