Hot Trailer: Pawel Pawlikowski’s ‘Ida’

By | Wednesday April 16, 2014 @ 11:12am PDT

Pawel Pawlikowski‘s Ida follows a young nun in 1960s Poland who’s on the verge of taking her vows but discovers a dark family secret dating back to the Nazi occupation. Agata Trzebuchowska and Agata Kulesza star in the film, which won the international critics’ FIPRESCI Prize at Toronto … Read More »

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Music Box Acquires Japanese Serial Drama ‘Penance’ For Big Screen Run

Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s psychological thriller Penance (Shokuzai) first aired on Japanese TV early last year as a serial drama. Music Box Films will release it theatrically in summer 2014 after snagging distribution rights for the U.S., Canada, … Read More »

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Music Box Picks Up Pawel Pawlikowski’s FIPRESCI Prize Winner ‘Ida’

By | Wednesday September 25, 2013 @ 2:52pm PDT

The latest drama from the director of My Summer Of Love and Last Resort is coming to North America via Music Box Films. Pawel Pawlikowski‘s Ida follows a young nun in 1960s Poland who’s on … Read More »

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Hot Festival Trailer: ‘Le Week-End’

Roger Michell’s bittersweet Le Week-End is making the festival rounds this month. It’s already played Toronto and San Sebastian, and next heads to Rio before sreening at the New York Film Festival on September 29th. Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan play a couple visiting … Read More »

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Sundance Channel Acquires French Zombie Series ‘The Returned’ For Halloween Debut

By | Tuesday September 10, 2013 @ 7:05am PDT
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Sundance Channel has acquired U.S. broadcast rights to the eight-part French supernatural drama The Returned from Music Box Films. The series, created by Fabrice Gobert and distributed by Zodiak Rights, is based on the feature … Read More »

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Music Box Films Plans VOD/DVD Release Of French Supernatural Series ‘The Returned’

By | Monday September 9, 2013 @ 11:38am PDT

The Returned (Les Revenants) originally aired in France on Canal Plus last fall. Since then, the UK’s Channel 4 broadcast the first series, renamed Rebound, drawing an average 1.5 million viewers each week. A second … Read More »

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Music Box Acquires U.S. To ‘Bettie Page Reveals All;’ Docu On Pinup Queen

By | Thursday August 8, 2013 @ 12:31pm PDT
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Music Box Films acquired U.S. rights to the Mark Mori-directed Bettie Page Reveals All, the documentary about the pinup queen who shattered taboos in her time and helped usher in the sexual revolution. Music Box Films will open … Read More »

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Cannes: Music Box Snags Competition’s ‘Michael Kohlhaas’ Starring Mads Mikkelsen

Mads Mikkelsen, last year’s Cannes best actor winner – and TV’s Hannibal – plays the titular Michael Kohlhaas in the Arnaud des Pallières drama. Chicago-based Music Box Films has acquired all U.S. and Canadian … Read More »

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Music Box Acquires French Pic ‘Augustine’

By | Monday February 4, 2013 @ 1:25pm PST

Chicago, IL…Music Box Films has acquired all US rights to AUGUSTINE, the debut feature film from French writer-director Alice Winokou starring Vincent Lindon, Soko and Chiara Mastroianni.

AUGUSTINE is an examination of the real case story and unusual relationship between Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot, the pioneering 19th century French neurologist and his star teenage patient. The film had its international premiere in Critics’ Week of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and will make its U.S. debut in Rendez Vous With French Cinema this March. Music Box Films plans a spring 2013 release.

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Music Box Acquires U.S On Roger Michell’s ‘Le Weekend’

By | Monday January 28, 2013 @ 12:31am PST

Hyde Park On Hudson director Roger Michell‘s Le Weekend is currently in post-production after wrapping a Paris shoot at the end of last year. Music Box has taken U.S. rights on the film … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Any Day Now’

By | Tuesday November 13, 2012 @ 2:57pm PST

The 1970s-set drama stars Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt as a gay couple who take on a biased legal system in a fight to adopt a mentally handicapped teenager they’ve rescued from a bad home. Travis Fine directed and co-wrote Any Day Now with George Arthur Bloom, and … Read More »

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Music Box Films Acquires ‘Any Day Now’

By | Friday September 21, 2012 @ 12:25pm PDT

Chicago, IL…Music Box Films has acquired all US and Canadian rights to ANY DAY NOW, directed by Travis Fine, written by Fine and George Arthur Bloom, and starring Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt. The film will be

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Music Box Acquires SXSW Pic ‘Starlet’

By | Wednesday May 16, 2012 @ 7:20am PDT

New York, NY (May 16, 2012) – Music Box Films announced today that the company is acquiring all North American rights to Sean Baker’s STARLET, a provocative showcase for newcomer Dree Hemingway (great granddaughter of Ernest and daughter of Mariel). STARLET premiered in competition at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival, where it was one of the most buzzed about and risqué titles.

STARLET explores the unlikely cross-generational friendship between 21 year-old Jane (Hemingway), and the elderly Sadie (Besedka Johnson), two women whose worlds collide in California’s San Fernando Valley. After a confrontation between the women at Sadie’s yard sale, Jane uncovers a hidden stash of money inside a relic from Sadie’s past. Jane attempts to befriend the caustic older woman in an effort to solve her dilemma and secrets emerge as their relationship grows.

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Music Box Takes U.S. Rights To Cate Shortland’s Post-War Drama ‘Lore’

By | Thursday April 5, 2012 @ 3:08am PDT

Cate Shortland’s debut, Somersault, premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes in 2004 and starred the then-relative newcomer Abbie Cornish and a pre-Avatar Sam Worthington. Shortland picks up that film’s theme of the coming of age of a … Read More »

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Rachel Weisz And Terence Davies Team For Early 2012 Awards Contender

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With all eyes focused on Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games this weekend, not many will notice Music Box Films’Rachel Weiss The Deep Blue Sea quiet limited (NY, LA, Miami) launch of their 2011 Toronto Film Festival pickup The Deep Blue Sea. It’s the first narrative film in over a decade from British director Terence Davies — his last was 2000′s The House Of Mirth – and stars Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz in another Oscar-bait role. Davies did do a highly regarded 2008 documentary, Of Time And The City, in the long interim between narrative projects.

With an impressive 84% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes  and major raves today from the NY and LA Times among others, Weisz and the film are winning the kind of top reviews that Oscar voters usually notice. In fact, Music Box was toying with the idea of opening the heavy relationship drama for a week in December in order to qualify for the last Oscars but finally decided it was not in the film’s best interests to rush it out there — especially with such a competitive Best Actress race already going on. Plus, Weisz had another potential awards role with the August release The Whistleblower, so it might have just confused things, though as it turned out the Samuel Goldwyn Co did not end up campaigning Whistleblower in any significant way. A March opening for Deep Blue Sea is a tough time for releasing Oscar contenders and hoping they will be remembered. Nevertheless Weisz’s emotionally naked performance as a 1950′s-era woman caught in an unsatisfying marriage and embarking on a torrid affair with a younger man (played by War Horse’s Tom Hiddleston) is the kind of thing actors crave, and it’s certainly one of the few female roles of any real substance to surface at this early point in the year. Read More »

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Specialty Box Office: ‘The Deep Blue Sea,’ ‘Musical Chairs,’ ‘The Raid: Redemption,’ ’4:44 Last Day On Earth’

By | Friday March 23, 2012 @ 7:00am PDT

This weekend’s specialty offerings are comparatively light compared to last week’s openings. A few of this week’s new limited releases are forgoing the typical New York and Los Angeles showings, with Music Box’s The Deep Blue SeaRead More »

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