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London — Protagonist Pictures will represent six movies playing at the Sundance Film Festival, including the world premieres of Joshua Marston’s “Complete Unknown,” Whit Stillman’s “Love & Friendship,” and Taika Waititi’s “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” as well as a place in the Sundance Spotlight section for Rebecca Miller’s “Maggie’s Plan.” The festival proved to be a good hunting ground for all four filmmakers early in their careers.
“Complete Unknown” centers on Alice, played by Rachel Weisz, who shows up out of the blue at the birthday dinner of Tom (Michael Shannon) in New York City, and the guests are immediately charmed by her intriguing stories. But things become increasingly complicated as questions arise as to who she really is, how she leads her life, and what she really wants. »
- Leo Barraclough
The story of a suburban couple’s standoff with new tenants in the apartment below them marks the feature film debut of David Farr. The British playwright and theater director is best known for his work with the Royal Shakespeare Company and for penning the script for Joe Wright’s thriller “Hanna.”
“The Ones Below” pays homage to the more paranoid entries in Roman Polanski’s oeuvre as it depicts the tragic consequences of a drunken dinner party. It debuted at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.
“David Farr has concocted an incredibly satisfying and clever suspense thriller evocative of classics like ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ and ‘Fatal Attraction,'” Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles said in a statement.
- Brent Lang
Exclusive: Protagonist concludes deals on Rebecca Miller comedy, which was sold to Sony at Toronto.
Protagonist Pictures has concluded global deals on Rebecca Miller’s comedy Maggie’s Plan, which was scooped up by Sony Pictures Classics for North America, UK and Australia/New Zealand and other selected territories after Tiff in a deal negotiated by CAA and Cinetic Media.
Prior to Tiff Protagonist inked a deal with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (Spwa) for Spain, Italy, Latin America, Scandinavia and South Africa.
Other deals to have closed on the film include Germany (Mfa), France (Diaphana), Japan (Shochiku), Korea (Aud) and airlines(Cinesky).
In further deals, the film has been acquired for Greece (Feelgood Entertainment), Portugal (Lusomundo), Switzerland (Frenetic Films), former Yugoslavia (McF), Czech/Slovak Republic (CinemArt) and Turkey (Bir Film).
Other agreements were secured for the Middle East (Front Row Entertainment), Hong Kong (Golden Scene), India (PVR), Indonesia (Pt Prima), Taiwan (Cai), Malaysia (Tanweer), Benelux (Imagine), Israel »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired distribution rights to Louise Osmond's documentary "Dark Horse." The non-fiction feature was a major crowdpleaser at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and went on to earn the Audience Award in the World Cinema Documentary Competition. "Dark Horse" tells the true story of a group of friends in Wales who decide to take on the elite "sport of kings" and breed themselves a racehorse. Against all odds, they raise their young foul on a nearby wasteland and train him to become a champion. The deal was negotiated with Sony Pictures Classics by Protagonist head of sales Vanessa Saal. Osmond's previous works include "Deep Water" and the BAFTA-nominated "Richard III: The King in the Car Park." Read More: All Sundance 2015 Acquisitions As They Come In »
- Zack Sharf
Sony Pictures Classics has lassoed all North American rights to Louise Osmond’s documentary “Dark Horse,” which won the audience award in the World Cinena Documentary competition at the recent Sundance Film Festival.
Doc follows a group of friends from a Welsh working man’s club who decide to raise a racehorse, which goes on the become a champion.
“Dark Horse” is produced by Judith Dawson; it’s a Dsp and World’s End Pictures production for Film4 and BFI in association with Film Agency Wales, and executive produced by Julian Ware, Lizzie Francke, Anna Higgs, Anna Miralis and Adam Partridge.
Protagonist is selling the film at Efm and screening it in the market.
- Carole Horst
Exclusive: Sony Pictures Classics nabs hit Sundance doc about rags to riches racehorse.
Louise Osmond’s crowd-pleaser about a horse brought up on a South Wales allotment who goes on to win one of racing’s biggest prizes, won the Audience Award in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at Sundance last week.
The deal was negotiated with Spc by Protagonist head of sales Vanessa Saal.
Spc will be hoping to replicate the success of acclaimed feel-good documentary Searching for Sugar Man - also launched at Sundance and also bought from UK outfit Protagonist – which went on to win a Best Documentary Oscar in 2013.
Docu-drama Dark Horse follows the true story of a group of friends from a working men’s club in Wales who decide to take on the racing elite by breeding a race-horse. Against the odds »
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Based on Vera Brittain’s World War I memoir of the same name, the film is directed by James Kent and adapted by Juliette Towhidi. Alicia Vikander stars as Brittain along with Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Dominic West, Emily Watson, Colin Morgan and Miranda Richardson.
“Testament” premiered in October at the London Film Festival, where Guy Lodge called it “rousing” in his Variety review.
“Testament” is co-produced by Celia Duval, and executive produced by Christine Langan and Joe Oppenheimer of BBC Films, Richard Mansell, Zygi Kamasa of Lionsgate UK, Hugo Heppell of Screen Yorkshire, and Henrik Zein of Nordisk. The film was funded by BBC Films, Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund, BFI, Nordisk Film Production, »
- Dave McNary
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the North American, Latin American and Asian rights to Protagonist Pictures’ World War I drama “Testament of Youth,” starring “Game of Thrones” actor Kit Harington, the company announced on Friday.
The film, based on Vera Brittain’s memoir of the same name, follows the open-minded author’s journey to overcome prejudices of her family and hometown to win a scholarship to Oxford University, only to join her peers’ fight for their country by volunteering to be a nurse helping the wounded in France.
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- Greg Gilman
First World War drama sold by Protagonist Pictures to North America, Latin America and Asia.
Sony Pictures Classics announced has acquired the rights in North America, Latin America and Asia to Testament of Youth. Based on Vera Brittain’s First World War memoir of the same name, the deal was negotiated with Mike Goodridge and Vanessa Saal for Protagonist Pictures and Spc.
Vikander plays Brittain, who idyllic life in the countryside is shattered when the First World War sees those closest to her called to the front line. It follows her story as she abandons a Oxford University scholarship to enter the fray as a nurse and deals with the struggle of love and loss during wartime.
Speaking of the deal, director Kent said: “The prospect of this extraordinary story being cherished by an American audience is extremely »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American, Latin American and Asian rights to James Kent’s Testament Of Youth starring Alicia Vikander (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) and Kit Harington (Game Of Thrones). The film is an adaptation of Vera Brittain’s epic First World War romantic drama. Juliette Towhidi wrote the script.
Testament Of Youth is produced by David Heyman and Rosie Alison of Heyday Films, co-produced by Celia Duval, and executive produced by Christine Langan and Joe Oppenheimer of BBC Films, Richard Mansell, Zygi Kamasa of Lionsgate UK, Hugo Heppell of Screen Yorkshire, and Henrik Zein of Nordisk. The film was funded by BBC Films, Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund, BFI, Nordisk Film Production, Lipsync and Ingenious.
“I have known Michael and Tom for many, many years and have admired their vision, »
- Ali Jaafar
10 items from 2015
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