Alison Thompson Launching Sunray Films In Cannes
Former Focus Features International Co-President Alison Thompson will be in Cannes next month with her new banner Sunray Films. The sales shingle is repping Competition film Mr Turner by Mike Leigh and the Amy Winehouse documentary by Senna director Asif Kapadia, both of which Thompson brought over from Focus. New to the slate is Alone In Berlin, a German resistance drama based on the 1947 novel by Hans Fallada. Swiss actor-turned-director Vincent Perez is helming the film, which will be produced by ex-Focus Features chief James Schamus with X-Filme’s Stefan Arndt and Uwe Schott. Goodbye Lenin’s Achim von Borries penned the script that’s set during World War II. Based on the true story of a German couple whose son was killed at the front, the film follows the pair who began a quiet rebellion by dropping anonymous postcards in mailboxes around Berlin that decried the actions of Adolf Hitler, Thompson explains. X Filme has German rights and Pathé has France. Sunray is in advanced negotiations with cast and is also near a deal with a UK distributor. Thompson is going out to buyers in Cannes with the project, which is slated for an October shoot.
Premiere Entertainment Picks Up Foreign Rights To ‘Little Accidents’
Premiere Entertainment Group has acquired foreign distribution rights to the dramatic thriller Little Accidents, which premiered at Sundance. Elizabeth Banks, Josh Lucas, Boyd Holbrook and Chloe Sevigny star in the film from writer-director Sara Colangelo. It tells the story of a small American town still living in the shadow of a coal mine accident. The disappearance of a teenage boy draws together a surviving miner, the lonely wife of a mine executive, and a local boy in a web of secrets. Anne Carey, Jason Michael Berman, Thomas B. Fore and Summer Shelton produced the film.
Raven Banner Acquires Worldwide Sales Rights To ‘WolfCop’
CineCoup’s WolfCop will head to Cannes next month represented by Raven Banner Entertainment, which has acquired the world sales rights to the film. The horror action comedy written and directed by Lowell Dean and produced by Bernie Hernando and Hugh Patterson is set for release in Canada on June 6. Raven Banner’s Michael Paszt, James Fler and Andrew T. Hunt negotiated the WolfCop deal with Brad Pelman and J Joly of CineCoup Media. “Lowell and his team leveraged CineCoup’s social web platform to find an international audience for WolfCop,” Paszt said in a statement. “Combine that with its horror genre appeal and movie merch potential and WolfCop is an attractive package to many markets.”