The Exchange will kick off sales of 3D documentary Under The Electric Sky in Cannes next week. Focus Features is releasing the film in the U.S. this summer. It premiered in Sundance’s Park City at Midnight section in January. Directed by Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz, the doc chronicles the love, community, and life of festivalgoers during Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, the largest music festival in the U.S. The fest draws the top talents in electronic and dance music and is known for its immersive environment featuring state-of-the-art stage production, pyrotechnics and lighting, roaming theatrical performers and dancers, full-scale carnival rides and interactive art installations. The film is executive-produced by Pasquale Rotella of Insomniac with Cutforth and Lipsitz. Haven Entertainment produced the film, with the music score composed by DJ Kaskade.
Principal photography on Corin Hardy’s feature directorial debut, The Woods will begin in Ireland this month. Written by Hardy and Olga Barreneche, the film stars Joseph Mawle, who will be next seen in Ron Howard’s In The Heart Of The Sea, and Bojana Novakovic (Rake). The story revolves around a London-based conservationist who is sent to Ireland to investigate an ancient forest. During his survey, he accidentally disturbs the hallowed grounds and finds himself in a fight for survival to protect his family from an ancient brood of creatures. Occupant Entertainment’s Joe Neurauter and Felipe Marino are producers. Fantastic Films is the Irish co-producer and financing comes from Prescience, Hyperion Media Group and the Irish Film Board, with Paul Brett, Tim Smith and James Swarbrick executive producing for Prescience, Michael Mailis for Hyperion and Will Clarke for Altitude Film Sales. Altitude has international and will debut the first footage in Cannes. WME and ICM are handling domestic rights.
Fortissimo Films has added Italian pic Last Summer and Dutch title Atlantic to its Cannes slate. Both films are in post-production and are slated for festival launches later this year. Fortissimo will handle world sales for both outside their respective countries of origin. Last Summer is the feature debut of Italian commercials and short film director Leonardo Guerra Seragnoli. It stars Oscar nominee Rinko Kikuchi. The English and Japanese language film is partially set on a luxury yacht anchored off the coast of Sicily where a troubled young woman has four days to reconnect with her seemingly indifferent and unreachable six year old son before she loses custody of him forever. Atlantic, directed and written by Jan-Willem Van Ewijk is an Arabic and French language drama about a young man who lives in a Moroccan coastal village and every summer looks after the needs of European tourists. When he falls for a beautiful European woman, he embarks on a treacherous and solitary windsurfing voyage to find her.
Content has boarded Life At These Speeds, the Leif Tilden-directed romantic drama that stars Douglas Booth, Billy Crudup, AnnaSophia Robb and Sam Rockwell. Production starts in the fall with Content on worldwide sales. Marc Novak wrote the script. Tom Butterfield and Scott Alvarez are porducers. The story follows a teenager whose best friends die in a tragic accident. He finds that running allows him to remember them perfectly, but it also brings him a certain notoriety, and he soon finds himself caught between keeping the past alive and making new memories in the present.
D Films has acquired Canadian distribution rights to Jennifer Aniston-starrer Cake. Based on the Black List script by Patrick Tobin, the drama stars Aniston as the acerbic Claire Simmons, who becomes fascinated by the suicide of Nina (Anna Kendrick), a woman in her chronic pain support group. As she uncovers the details of Nina’s suicide and develops a poignant relationship with Nina’s husband (Sam Worthington), Claire also grapples with her own very raw personal tragedy. Daniel Barnz is director. Aniston is an executive producer on the film and Ben Barnz and Kristin Hahn are producing. Cake is the first film of a co-financing deal between After Dark Films and Shenghua Entertainment which was announced in Berlin.
In another departure from her Peggy Olson persona, Elisabeth Moss is signed to star in writer-director Bryan Bertino’s There Are Monsters, the horror title that’s being sold by London-based Embankment. American Hustle‘s Richard Suckle of Atlas Entertainment, and Adrienne Biddle of Unbroken Pictures will produce. Sonny Mallhi is executive producer. Monsters follows a single mom and her terrified young daughter who are trapped and tormented by a merciless mysterious creature. Pre-production starts in the fall. Moss is represented by Gay Ribisi, WME and Independent Talent in the UK. Bryan Bertino is repped by UTA and Sloane Offer.
Paris-based sales and production company WTFilms has traditionally focused on genre. It’s got sci-fi thriller Debug starring Jason Momoa screening in the Cannes market and will have a promo of the first ever Arab action film Gates Of The Sun, co-starring Mike Tyson. But this market will also see it expand into the documentary arena. The company has acquired Joe Manganiello’s real-life Magic Mike story La Bare which premiered in Slamdance; Why Horror?, an in-depth look at the culture of horror movies, books, comics and video games; and Korea, which takes French helmer Yann Moix on a journey to both North and South Korea. “Great films like Jodorowsky’s Dune and Room 237 have inspired us. Our name means we want to sell intense and rock’n’roll movies, and that is valid for documentaries as well,” says partner Gregory Chambet.
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