The UK’s revived Icon Film Distribution is adding to its release slate with four pick-ups from Cannes. IFD acquired JC Chandor’s A Most Violent Year with Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain; Equals by Drake Doremus with Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart; The Legend Of Barney Thompson starring Robert Carlyle, Ray Winstone and Emma Thompson; and It Follows, the horror pic from David Robert Mitchell that ran in Critics’ Week. IFD is showing itself a savvy buyer and recently released animated feature Postman Pat: The Movie which has grossed over $4M in its first 10 days.
Icelandic producers Davíd Óskar Ólafsson and Árni Filippusson, exec producers on David Gordon Green’s Prince Avalanche, are moving forward with their first English-language drama, Autumn Lights. The film marks the feature directorial debut of Angad Aulakh who wrote the screenplay. Newcomer Guy Kent is starring as a young American photographer on assignment in a remote Icelandic community where he becomes engantled with an enigmatic European couple. Marta Gastini (Borgia), Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson (Metalhead) and Icelandic Academy Award winner Thora Bjorg Helga (Metalhead, The Deep) also star. Ólafsson, Filippusson, Kent and Aulakh are producing with attorney Ashley M Kent. Shooting starts next week in Iceland. Ólafsson and Filippusson recently produced Ragnar Bragason’s Metalhead which premiered in Toronto in 2013 and won eight Icelandic Academy Awards. They also produced Either Way, the film that Gordon Green remade into Prince Avalanche.
ITV Studios Nordic has been commissioned to produce local versions of three of ITV Studios’ entertainment and factual formats: The Big Reunion, Tricked and Keeping The Nation Alive. YLE in Finland has ordered The Big Reunion, which brings former chart-topping music groups back together. TV2 in Denmark has commissioned medical observational documentary series, Keeping Denmark Alive and TV Norge has recommissioned Keeping Norway Alive for a second eight-episode season. Both based on Keeping The Nation Alive, the shows combine personal stories and real life situations to provide a behind-the-scenes snapshot of 24-hours in the nation’s healthcare system. Norway’s NRK has ordered hidden camera magic show Tricked.