EXCLUSIVE: Hengameh Panahi’s Celluloid Dreams is having a typically busy Cannes, locking down deals for Kurt Russell-starrer Bone Tomahawk and Daisy Ridley-narrated The Eagle Huntress. Bone Tomahawk has now virtually sold out, closing deals with Latin America (California Filmes), Benelux (Splendid), Scandinavia (Future Film), Italy (One Movie), Portugal (Alambique), Hungary (Patalux), Poland (Agresywna Branda), Czech and Slovak Republics (AQS) and Romanic (Parlux).
Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Lili Simmons and Richard Jenkins co-star in the pic, a genre mashup of Western and horror that centers on an unlikely team of gunslingers led by Sheriff Franklin Hunt (Russell), that sets out to rescue settlers from the small town of Bright Hope who are kidnapped by a group of cave-dwelling cannibals. But their enemy is more ruthless than anyone could have imagined, putting their mission – and survival itself – in jeopardy.
Dallas Sonnier, Jack Heller, and Gregory Zuk of Caliber Media produced and Fyzz Facility’s Wayne Marc Godfrey, Robert Jones and David Gilbrey executive produced.
The Eagle Huntress, with Stars Wars star Daisy Ridley on-board to exec produce, has closed deals in France with ARP, Praesens in Switzerland and 2i Films in the former Yugoslavia. Directed by Otto Bell, The Eagle Huntress is the true story of Aisholpan, a 13-year-old Mongolian girl who strives to become the first female Eagle Hunter in 2,000 years of male-dominated history. Under the tutelage and support of her father and her grandfather, she learns all aspects of this ancient tradition, including taming her very own eaglet and training it for the annual Golden Eagle Festival, which involves competing against male Eagle Hunters from all over the country. She even dreams of hunting in the frozen winters to prove that a girl can do anything a boy can, so long as she’s determined.
The film is set in the Altai Mountains of Northwestern Mongolia, the most remote part of the least populated country on Earth. While the landscape is pristine, the isolation has created a society that always considered women too fragile to hunt with an eagle. Aisholpan set out to change that. The young film heroine and her family are traveling all the way from Mongolia for the film’s premiere, and she’ll take part in live eagle demonstrations on Main Street.