EXCLUSIVE– Dubai-based distributor Front Row Entertainment underlined its status as one of the leading indie companies in the region with a host of high profile acquisitions coming out of an otherwise lacklustre AFM. Chief among the 20 titles the company picked up are the Nicolas Winding Refn-produced remake Maniac Cop directed by John Hyams and the Antonio Banderas thriller Faith from Wild Bunch. Both will be co-distributed with long-time associate Teleview International across the Middle East.

Front Row also extended its long standing relationship with Protagonist Pictures by acquiring Nicholas Hoult and Rooney Mara-starrer The Discovery while from Hanway Films comes The Devil’s Candy as well as the Lone Sherfig comedy drama Their Finest Hour and a Half, starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy.

Front Row also acquired out of AFM, the English language remake of the French horror hit Inside as well as Churchill starring Brian Cox.  Other acquisitions include high concept creature-feature The Void directed by Steven Konstanski and Jeremie Gillispie as well as high concept genre flick The Neighbour directed by Marcus Dunstan and written by Dunstan and Patrick Melton.

Front Row also secured a deal with All Rigths Entertainment for Little Mizz Innocent, starring Tyrese Gibson, Olga Kuryelenko, John Travolta and Christopher Plummer, to be directed by Xavier Gens (Hitman). The company, which is partners with Hisham Al-Ghanem’s powerful Kuwait National Cinema Co, also acquired Broken Vows starring Wes Bentley, animated Vincent Van Gogh pic Loving Vincent with the voices of Saoirse Ronan, Douglas Booth and Chris O’Dowd;  Walk of Fame with Scott Eastwood, the Evan Rachel Wood, Ellen Page sci-fi drama Into The Forest, which A-24 will be releasing domestically.

Front Row also bought a clutch of animated pics, including Ping Pong Rabbit 3D directed by Mike Johnson (The Corpse Bride), Kung Fu Style as well as H.P. Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom.