Paolo Virzi’s thriller Human Capital will hit theaters in early 2015 after Film Movement acquired rights to the Italian pic that stars Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Valeria Golino, and Fabrizio Bentivoglio. It is having its North American premiere April 18 at the Tribeca Film Festival. The movie begins at the end: a cyclist is run off the road by a careening SUV the night before Christmas Eve. As details emerge of the events leading up to the accident, the lives of the well-to-do Bernaschi family, privileged and detached, will intertwine with the Rovellis, struggling to keep their comfortable middle-class life, in ways neither could have expected. The deal was negotiated by Film Movement co-president Adley Gartenstein and Gilles Sousa, Head of International Sales at BAC Films.
Film Movement said it Michael Rosenberg has taken an equity stake in the NY-based indie distributor and has been named co-president alongside Adley Gartenstein. Rosenberg lands here after departing Entertainment One U.S. in September after a combined 26 years at eOne and predecessor Koch Entertainment. He takes up his new post immediately and joins Gartenstein, who has been president since 2007. Launched in 2003, Film Movement specializes in indie and foreign fare which it distributes on all platforms, and recently launched a genre label Ram Releasing that kicks off its slate this year. “I have been very impressed by Film Movement’s innovative model of film distribution,” Rosenberg said today in a release announcing his hire. “Adley and his team have done a tremendous job of building a smart, modern film company with a high-quality catalog and a great diversity of distribution channels.
Global Showbiz Briefs: Film Movement Says ‘A Thousand Times Good Night’ To U.S.; South Korea Takes ‘Prisoners Of War’
Film Movement Picks Up ‘A Thousand Times Good Night’ For U.S.
Film Movement has acquired U.S. rights to A Thousand Times Good Night, the Erik Poppe-directed drama that stars Juliette Binoche and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Film Movement will give the movie a theatrical release in the third quarter of the year, followed by home video and digital. The story follows a top war photographer who is struggling to reconcile her job with her family life. Maria Doyle Kennedy, newcomer Lauryn Canny and Larry Mullen Jr also star. The movie was released in Norway in October and has sold more than 100,000 tickets. Global Screen, which is handling worldwide sales, also just inked deals in Canada (Northwest Pictures), Japan (Kadokawa), Australia (Regency), Denmark (Smile), Turkey (Yeni Bir Film), ex-Yugoslavia (Discovery), Bulgaria (Multivision) and Latin America (HBO).
RAM Releasing has acquired horror pic Moebius from writer-director Kim Ki-Duk. It’s the follow-up to the filmmaker’s Pieta, which became the first Korean title to take the Golden Lion for best film when it bowed last year at Venice. His newest movie, which hit Venice and AFI Fest among other festivals this year, continues Kim’s flair for boundary-challenging shock: the plot centers on a wife who catches her husband having an affair and attempts to castrate him for his wrongdoing. Unsuccessful, she instead inflicts the unspeakable act on her own son, setting off a series of events including a hurried genital transplant and pain-inflicted orgasms. A summer 2014 day-and-date theatrical and VOD bow is planned. It joins another recent Korea buy — Huh Jung’s Hide & Seek, the highest-grossing Korean thriller of all time — on RAM’s 2014 release slate after the genre arm was formed earlier this year. Its other titles to date include Forgetting The Girl and APP. RAM president Adley Gartenstein made the Moebius deal with Finecut’s Youngjoo Suh and Luna Kim. “We realize this film won’t be for everyone, without a word of dialogue and with graphic content, but this is exactly why RAM exists: to bring the most challenging and innovative cinema we can find to those seeking it,” Gartenstein said in announcing the deal today.
Breaking Glass Pictures has picked up North American rights at Toronto to the documentary Unhung Hero from Films Sales Company. The film, which premiered at SXSW in March, follows a man whose girlfriend rejects his marriage proposal, which was shown live on the big screen at a UCLA basketball game. Days later Patrick Moote finds out the woman turned him down because he has a small penis. Director Brian Spitz then follows Moote on a journey to find out whether size really does matter. Thomas Brettschneider and Lynn Shmitz produced the film.
Entertainment One has sold Le Démantèlement to Film Movement for the U.S. and world airline rights. The film is in the Contemporary World Cinema section at TIFF and won the SACD Prize in Cannes’ Critics’ Week. It tells the story of Gaby, a farmer rearing beautiful lambs on his family property. His daughters, raised like princesses, live far away in the big city. When the eldest asks for money to avoid the loss of her home, Gaby decides to liquidate his beloved farm. Gabriel Arcand, Gilles Renaud, Lucie Laurier and Sophie Desmarais star for director Sébastien Pilote.
The fifth feature film from director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Grigris won the Vulcan Award for technical achievement in May at the Cannes Film Festival. The film tells the story of a 25-year-old Chadian who dreams of being a professional dancer despite his paralyzed leg. When his stepfather falls critically ill, Grigris is forced to turn to the illicit trade of oil trafficking to pay the hospital bills. When he befriends a beautiful but damaged prostitute, the two try to start a new life together, but their pasts threaten to derail their plans. Film Movement has acquired all North American rights and plans a NY theatrical opening in early 2014, with a limited national rollout to follow. The distributor also bought Haroun’s A Screaming Man. The Grigris acquisition was negotiated by Film Movement president Adley Gartenstein and VP Acquisitions and Distribution Rebeca Conget, and Agathe Valentin, Head of International Sales at Les Films du Losange.
Film Movement has acquired Ilo Ilo, the Anthony Chen-directed family drama that became the first Singaporean feature film to win a big prize at Cannes with the Camera d’Or. Pic’s in Chinese, English and Tagalog with English subtitles, and it received a 15-minute standing ovation after its Cannes debut. Set in Singapore during the beginning of the Asian financial crisis, Ilo Ilo chronicles the relationship between the Lim family and their newly arrived maid, Teresa. Like many other Filipino women, she has come to this city in search of a better life. Her presence in the family worsens their already strained relationship. Jiale, the young and troublesome son, starts to form a unique bond with Teresa, who soon becomes an unspoken part of the family. Film Movement plans a New York theatrical opening early next year, with a limited national rollout to follow, as well as a day-and-date cable VOD premiere.
Film Movement will release Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge’s Spanish-language comedy later this year. Tanta Agua, about a divorced father on vacation with his two children, took home the Grand Prize at the Miami International Film Festival as well as accolades from the Guadalajara and Cartagena festivals. Guevara and Jorge wrote and directed the pic, their first feature. Film Movement VP Acquisitions & Distribution Rebeca Conget negotiated the deal with Alpha Violet’s Virginie Devasa.
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.
The deals, mostly small ones, are flowing here as the Toronto Festival heats up on a rainy Saturday.
* In their first major deal since forming a new distribution partnership last month, 108 Media and Paladin have acquired all North American rights to Michel Gondry‘s latest film, The We And The I. The film played Cannes and makes its North American debut at Toronto. An early March opening in New York and Toronto is planned, expanding after that. Set on the last day of the school year, the pic follows a group of Bronx high schoolers who board a city bus on their way home, with summer break ahead of them. The cast is mostly first timers.
* Film Movement acquired Three Worlds, from French filmmaker Catherine Corsini. Three characters collide in the aftermath of a car crash. Al, a young man from a modest background, is ten days away from marrying his boss’s daughter and succeeding him as the head of the car dealership where he has worked almost his entire life. While driving home drunk from his bachelor party, Al commits a hit-and-run and flees the scene. Gnawed by guilt, he goes to the hospital to inquire anonymously about his victim. Meanwhile, a young woman who saw the accident completes an unusual triangle between the driver and the victim.
April 11th, 2012 (New York, NY) – Film Movement, the North American film distribution company that brings award-winning independent and foreign films to fans all across the U.S. and Canada, announced today their acquisition of HITLER’S CHILDREN, a powerful and mesmerizing documentary about the descendants of the top Nazi officials, and their daily struggle to move forward and away from the horror in their past. The film will enjoy a New York theatrical opening in Q3 of 2012, with a limited national roll-out to follow, as well as a day-and-date Cable Video on Demand premiere.
Synopsis of HITLER’S CHILDREN:
Adolf Hitler did not have children, but what of the families of Adolf Eichmann, Hermann Göring, Heinrich Himmler and Hans Frank, to name a few? What is it like for the descendants of these top Nazi officials to deal with the legacy left behind by their notorious families? HITLER’S CHILDREN introduces us to the children, grandchildren and nieces and nephews of these infamous men. Among them Niklas Frank, son of Hans Frank and godson of Hitler, who despises his father’s past so much that he has spent his entire adult life researching and writing negatively about him, often touring around Germany to lecture against his father and the Nazi regime. And Bettina Göring, the great-niece of Hitler’s second in command, Hermann Göring, who lives in voluntary exile in Santa Fe, NM and together with her brother decided to get sterilized so as
Film Movement has landed North American rights to Teddy Bear, the Mads Matthiesen-helmed film that won a World Cinema Directing Award at Sundance this year. His first feature film centers on a shy Danish bodybuilder who lives with his mother and sets off to Thailand in search of love. The film, which will screen as part of the New Directors/New Films Festival starting tomorrow in New York, will open theatrically at NY’s Film Forum on August 22 with a limited national rollout to follow. The acquisition was negotiated by Film Movement president Adley Gartenstein and Visit Films president Ryan Kampe.
The second feature film from writer/director Jennifer Devoldère, The Day I Saw Your Heart stars Mélanie Laurent (Inglorious Basterds, Beginners) and Florence Loiret Caille (Trouble Everyday). Film Movement will release the French comedy centering on family, love and growing up beginning in the third quarter of 2012 in New York, with a limited national roll out to follow as well as a day-and-date cable VOD premiere. Film Movement’s VP of Acquisitions and Distribution Rebeca Conget negotiated the deal with Gregory Chambet from TF1 International.
Film Movement has picked up North American rights to Maya Kenig’s directorial debut Off White Lies. The 2012 Berlinale Generations sidebar debut centers on news stories and family events that Kenig experienced as a young mother during the 2006 war between Israel and Lebanon. The feature, in Hebrew with English subtitles, will have a New York theatrical debut in third-quarter 2012 followed by a limited national theatrical rollout in addition to a day-and-date VOD release. Film Movement’s VP Acquisitions and Distribution Rebeca Conget negotiated the deal with Virginie Devesa and Keiko Funato of the newly formed French sales company Alpha Violet.
The deal volume of major festival acquisition titles has been slooow so far (see Toronto: Where Are The Film Deals?). So the small distributor Film Movement takes center stage for news that it has acquired North American rights to Historias, the debut film by Brazilian director Julia Murat. The Portuguese-language drama had its debut in Venice. As for the high-profile titles that topped buyers’ lists when the festival began, there are a number that have offers and are headed toward deals. They include You’re Next, Goon, Friends With Kids and Trishna. There are more acquisition titles premiering tonight, including the Jamie Linden-directed Ten Year, with a young cast topped by Channing Tatum. But it does seem like a lot of deals will be made after the buying crowd leaves the festival, an evacuation that starts tomorrow and Wednesday.
‘Black Gold’ Will Open Doha Tribeca Film Festival
The premiere of Tarak Ben Ammar’s Black Gold will kick off the Doha Tribeca Film Festival, organizers said today. Backers of the film, billed as the biggest ever produced in the Middle East, also said that James Horner (Titanic, Avatar) had recently completed the score at London’s Abbey Road Studios. Warner Bros and Universal Pictures are set to release the film globally on November 23. The festival runs Oct. 25-29.
Study: Cable Revenues, Usage On The Rise In Europe
Europeans seem to be resisting the cord-cutting trend, or maybe they just haven’t gotten around to it. The European cable market continued to expand in 2010, with revenue throughout the E.U. rising by nearly 8% for the year on the strength of double-digit growth in digital TV, broadband and telephony subscribers, according to a new study from IHS. Guy Bisson, TV research director for IHS, said that the results show “that cord cutting doesn’t mean the end of the world. Strong increases in E.U. cable, Internet and telephony subscribers are more than compensating for increasing competition in the cable television business.” The number of individual subscribers rose above the 100 million level for the first time, reaching 101.1 million in 2010.
FILM ROUNDUP: Steve McQueen & Chiwetel Ejiofor Join ‘Twelve Years A Slave’, Film Movement Buys ‘Corpo Celeste’, ‘Straight A’s Lands Leads
Steve McQueen and Chiwetel Ejiofor are going to be seeing a lot of each other. McQueen has come aboard to direct Twelve Years a Slave, which will star Ejiofor in a true story about a New York man who was kidnapped in the mid-1800s and forced to become a slave on a Louisiana cotton plantation. Brad Pitt’s Plan B is producing. The news comes more than a year after Deadline told you that McQueen and Ejiofor are teaming on a Focus Features film based on the Broadway musical Fela!, about African musician-activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Ejiofor has learned to play piano and saxophone for that role. It’s unclear which of these movies will be made first. McQueen — who made waves with his debut film Hunger, about the Irish hunger strike that starred Michael Fassbender and earned the helmer the Camera d’Or at Cannes in 2008 — will premiere his latest feature, Shame, this fall in Venice. …
Film Movement has acquired North American rights to the Cannes Film Festival drama Corpo Celeste, the Italian-language feature that played in the Directors Fortnight sidebar. Alice Rohrwacher’s debut feature follows a 13-year-old girl’s coming-of-age in the poor southern Italian province of Calabria. The company plans a first-quarter 2012 theatrical launch day and date with VOD, with a national rollout to follow.
Film Movement has acquired Dusty Bias’ first feature film, Prairie Love, for the U.S and Canada. The comedic romantic drama, which played at Sundance this year, revolves around three lost souls looking for love on the North Dakota tundra. The indie distributor plans a release early next year. “We’re excited to announce the acquisition of one of our favorite films in this year’s Sundance lineup,” Film Movement’s president Adley Gartenstein said. “Dusty Bias’ beautifully shot quirky romance is a perceptive exploration of loneliness that had us engrossed from beginning to end. We cannot wait to share it with audiences across North America.” The acquisition was negotiated by Gartenstein and Steven Beer of Greenberg Traurig on behalf of the filmmaker.