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Zulu lined up as first release for Studio Hamburg Enterprises.
Jérôme Salle’s action thriller Zulu, the closing film at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, is to be the first release of Studio Hamburg Enterprises (She) which has now expanded into theatrical distribution in the German market.
The 50-50 joint venture between Studio Hamburg Distribution & Marketing and Zdf Enterprises had already been involved in the acquisition of international feature film and TV licenses for release on DVD and Blu-Ray, but had used other distributors in the past to handle the theatrical releases.
Booking and billing will on the May 1 release will be handled on behalf of She by the 24 Bilder agency. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
Paris — The downfall of U.S. specialty divisions in 2008 opened up a whole new range of opportunities for ambitious French producers and helmers to step up to the plate, gaining access to American talent, tapping into wider financing resources, with the hope of reaching worldwide audiences with smart, auteur-driven indie pics.
But five years or so later, while the American independent market has bounced back, driven by resourceful and deep-pocketed players like FilmNation, Exclusive, an amped-up Lionsgate, the Weinstein Co. and Voltage, a wave of disappointing French-helmed English-language feature debuts has left many French producers and filmmakers with a hangover.
Recent examples of cold showers inflicted in France include Guillaume Canet’s 1970s-set drama “Blood Ties,” with Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard and Mila Kunis (Wild Bunch, budget: $25 million, French B.O.: €1.5 million); Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s adventure tale “The Young and Prodigious Spivet” with Helena Bonham Carter (Gaumont, budget: $33 million, »
- Elsa Keslassy
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