Broad Green Finds ‘Eden’; Music Box Jams With ‘Mekons’

Broad Green Pictures, which announced its presence on the distribution scene in Toronto with a marquee $3 million deal for 99 Homes, has acquired North American rights to Mia Hansen-Løve’s Eden. The pic, set in the underground electronic dance movement in early-’90s Paris, had its world premiere in Toronto and is playing the New York Film Festival that kicks off Friday.

Broad Green plans a spring 2015 release for the pic, which follows Paul (Félix de Givry), a teenager drawn to the more soulful rhythms of Chicago’s garage house than rave music forms a DJ collective named Cheers (two of his friends form another one called Daft Punk, who float throughout the movie). Together they plunge into the ephemeral nightlife of sex, drugs, and endless music. Pauline Etienne, Vincent Macaigne co-star with appearances by Brady Corbet, Laura Smet and Greta Gerwig. The deal was negotiated by Grégoire Melin and Ram Murali of Kinology on behalf of the filmmakers, and by Broad Green Pictures executives Asher Goldstein and Shawn Xu.

Music Box Films has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to Revenge Of The Mekons, the Joe Angio-directed documentary that looks at the unlikely musical career of one of the longest-running British punk bands. The film world premiered at DOC NYC in 2013 and will bow theatrically October 29 at New York’s Film Forum, followed by an early 2015 platform rollout. The documentary features musical performances by the band as well as commentary by fans including Jonathan Franzen, Fred Armisen, Will Oldham and Mary Harron. Music Box president William Schopf negotiated the deal directly with the filmmaker.

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