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MPI & Elijah Wood’s SpectreVision Pact On Swedish Sci-Fi Thriller ‘LFO’: Video

By | Thursday April 17, 2014 @ 12:17pm PDT

lfoMPI Media Group’s Dark Sky Films banner is setting a fall 2014 theatrical release for LFO, a sci-fi comic thriller from Swedish helmer Antonio Tublen. MPI acquired all U.S. and international sales on the pic about a man (Patrik Karlson) who discovers he can hypnotize people with sound and starts experimenting on his neighbors (Izabella Jo Tschig, Per Löfberg) with his newfound analog power. Tublen wrote and directed the film which screened at Austin’s Fantastic Fest, where Elijah Wood and his SpectreVision partners caught it. They programmed it at their own L.A. festival and have come aboard to present LFO with Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller serving as exec producers. “One of the reasons we started this company was to get behind great new genre films that deserve to be discovered by broader audiences. This is a subversive, funny and deeply unnerving low-techno thriller we’re proud to present,” said Wood. MPI’s Nicola Goelzhaeuser negotiated the deal with Alexander Brøndsted, producer and president of PingPongFilm. MPI will also be presenting LFO in Cannes. Here’s the trailer with English subtitles:

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Specialty Box Office: ‘Where Do We Go Now?,’ ‘God Bless America’ And Three More

Debate about the role of critics and the demise of local newspapers frequently surfaces among specialty filmmakers and distributors. And for some specialized fare opening this weekend, critics definitely played a big part. Critics and audience reaction prompted Sony Classics to pick up Where Do We Go Now? after initial hesitation. And Roadside Attractions’ theatrical release Tonight You’re Mine appears to have scored some high-powered critical acclaim the distributer is hoping will give the feature a positive push. Also this weekend among specialty offerings, Magnet Releasing bows the thriller God Bless America at sister company Landmark Theatre following a VOD debut. First Run Features’ Nobody Else But You is going for straight theatrical after exhibitors scoffed at a possible VOD component and A Bag Of Hammers also joins this weekend’s limited openers. Read More »

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Oscar Winners & Martial Arts Champs Top MPI Pictures Launch Slate

By | Wednesday April 25, 2012 @ 11:23am PDT

MPI Media Group announced today the formation of MPI Pictures. The theatrical distribution arm of the Chicago-based entertainment company will specialize in the release of foreign language art films, American independent films and high-end genre. And they are hitting the ground running – MPI Pictures already has a slate of seven films, one of which came out last week and another of which has two Oscar winners in it. The mixed martial arts documentary Fightville opened to a limited release in New York and LA on April 20. It is also currently the number one independent film on iTunes. The Artist’s Jean Dujardin and La Vie en Rose’s Marion Cotillard star in the French dramatic hit Little White Lies, directed by Guillaume Canet. Little White Lies is to be released on August 24, 2012. Other films to be released by MPI Pictures include Americano starring Mathieu Demy and Salma Hayek and the thriller The Big Picture starring Romain Duris and Catherine Deneuve. Greg Newman, MPI Media Group Executive VP will lead the new division. Marie Therese Guirgis will be head of Theatrical Distribution. With new acquisitions coming in the next few months, a source close to the company tells Deadline, MPI Pictures plans on releasing a slate of six to eight films every year.

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