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).
South Korea Taking ‘Prisoners Of War’
South Korea will be the first Asian territory to adapt hit Israeli drama Prisoners Of War. Known as Hatufim in Israel, the format is also the basis for Showtime’s Homeland. Created by Gideon Raff, the series is handled globally by Keshet International. Korea’s Star J Entertainment has acquired Prisoners Of War with a local version to be produced in partnership by Youngbeom Jeong, Sebastian Lee and Teddy Zee. Nam-gil Kim, best known for the hit Korean drama Queen Seondeok, also is attached to star. Prisoners Of War is well-known in Korea, where it won the top prize at the Seoul International Drama Awards in September. Zee said the ongoing conflict between South and North Korea will make the adaptation “especially compelling and timely.” Local versions of POW also have been brokered in Russia and Turkey. The original series has sold to more than 20 territories.
‘Stations Of The Cross’ Sold To Multiple Territories
Stations Of The Cross, which won the Silver Bear for best script on Saturday in Berlin, was among the hot sellers for Beta Cinema during the festival. The film was acquired in France (Memento), the UK (Arrow Films), Italy (Satine Film), Spain (Caramel), Poland (Aurora), Benelux (Wild Bunch), Portugal (Vendetta Films), Greece (7 Films), Scandinavia and Baltics (Nonstop), ex-Yugoslavia (Discovery) and Hungary (Circo), with interest piqued in the U.S. and Oz. Stations Of The Cross is a religion-themed coming-of-age story directed by Dietrich Brüggemann. Beta’s competition entry Jack, Edward Berger’s portrait of two boys’ search for their mother, was also sold to France (Diaphana), Japan (Showgate), Norway (Europa Films), Greece (Strada) and Hungary (Circo). Also among Beta’s sales were the German hit The Physician, which went to Vietnam’s A Company, and Germany’s Foreign Language Oscar-shortlisted Two Lives, which sold to Australia/New Zealand (Rialto), Spain (Karma), Portugal (Films4You), Brazil (Esfera Films) and Colombia (Cineplex).
FremantleMedia International, Roughcut Television Extend Deal
FremantleMedia International has extended its relationship with indie producer Roughcut Television for a further two years. Under the terms of the deal, FMI will continue to co-develop projects with Roughcut until at least the end of 2015. FMI will distribute all tape sales from Roughcut’s UK commissions, including Trollied, World’s Craziest Fools, Cuckoo and Anna & Katy. The deal also gives Fremantle the first look at producing local versions of Roughcut’s UK-commissioned titles across its global production network. Established in 2007 by Ash Atalla, Roughcut specializes in scripted comedy and entertainment and is best known for producing The Office and The IT Crowd. Cuckoo is returning to BBC Three for a second season with Taylor Lautner now starring.
‘On The Edge’ Races To Deals In Europe, Asia
Christian E. Christiansen’s street-racing drama On The Edge drove strong international interest during the EFM last week with TrustNordisk reporting sales deals concluded at the market. After premiering in Rotterdam, On The Edge has sold to France (Films Distribution), Russia (P & I Films), Japan (Transformer) and ex-Yugoslavia (Discovery Film and Video Distribution). The young cast includes Denmark’s Danica Curcic (The Bridge, The Absent One) Norway’s Jakob Oftebro (Kon-Tiki, In Order Of Disappearance) and Cyron Melville (A Royal Affair, The Borgias). This is Christiansen’s seventh feature after such pics as 2006’s Life Hits, 2011’s The Roommate and the upcoming Where The Devil Hides. In 2007 he was nominated for a Live Action Short Film Oscar for At Night.