German Deal For Lone Scherfig Drama; GKIDS Nabs ‘Funan’; André Rieu Concert Nears $5M — Global Briefs

HanWay Films

Alamode Film has acquired German and Austrian rights from HanWay Films to Lone Scherfig’s drama The Kindness of Strangers, which will open the Berlin International Film Festival next month. Zoe Kazan, Andrea Riseborough, Tahar Rahim, Caleb Landry Jones, Jay Baruchel and Bill Nighy star. The deal was negotiated by Nicole Mackey on behalf of HanWay Films with Alamode Film, with whom HanWay has recently worked on The White Crow, Swimming With Men and The Killing Of A Sacred Deer.

Bac Films

 U.S. animation specialist GKIDS has picked up Denis Do’s debut Funan, based on his own family story. The film, which which won the top prizes at the Annecy Int’l Animated Film Festival, will be released this spring. Funan follows Chou, a young woman living in the chaos of 1975 Cambodia, amid the arrival of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime. When she and her husband are separated from their four-year-old son during a forced exile from their home, Chou remains determined to reunite her family – even if it means risking everything. The all-rights deal was negotiated by David Jesteadt of GKIDS and Gilles Sousa of BAC Films.

Piece of Magic Entertainment’s André Rieu 2019 New Year’s Concert from Sydney has become one the highest-grossing music concert releases of the past 12 months after taking almost $5M from its global release. $2.3M came from the UK alone. A number of encore screenings are planned. Event cinema distributor Piece of Magic has also struck a long-term partnership with games publisher Riot Games to broadcast eSport competition League of Legends (LOL) direct to cinemas in markets including UK, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Austria and the Netherlands.

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