LEVEL 16 IN THEATERS AND ON VOD MARCH 1, 2019
TRT: 102 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
GKIDS Acquires US Rights to FUNAN | In Select Theaters Spring 2019
GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced it has acquired the US distribution rights for the animated feature FUNAN, the inspiring and emotionally-searing debut from filmmaker Denis Do, based on his own family story, which won the top prizes at the Annecy Int’l Animated Film Festival and the Animation is Film Festival. GKIDS will release the film theatrically 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 4-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.
“Denis has created a truly remarkable and personal film,” said David Jesteadt, GKIDS’ President. “Funan is the perfect example of animation’s ability to tell all kinds of stories, for all kinds of audiences. I can’t wait to share this special film with as many people as possible.”
Cambodia, April 1975. Chou is a young woman whose everyday world is suddenly upended by the arrival of the Khmer Rouge regime. During the chaos of the forced exile from their home, Chou and her husband are separated from their 4-year-old son, who has been sent to an unknown location. As she navigates her new reality, working in the fields day and night under the careful watch of soldiers, and surviving the small indignities and harrowing realities of the increasingly grim work camps, Chou remains steadfast in her determination to reunite her family – even if it means risking everything. Winner of the top prizes at the Annecy Animation Festival and the Animation is Film Festival, Funan is a searing and remarkable debut from filmmaker Denis Do, who uses his own family history as inspiration for a thrilling story of love, loss and enduring hope in the most trying of times. Featuring the voices of Bérénice Bejo (The Artist) and Louis Garrel (The Dreamers).
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HORROR FILM “ISOLATION” IN THE WORKS FOR BLUMHOUSE-INSPIRED CONTINUANCE PICTURES
Continuance Pictures have announced production on upcoming horror film ISOLATION, which Tristan Barr attached to write and direct.
The film tells of a seemingly lone survivor of a plane crash that meets a wild woman in the Australian wilderness when he is thrust against a familiar demonic bearing that haunts his refuge.
Barr will produce with Continuance Pictures’ partner David Gim.
ISOLATION will be a Korean-Australian co-production.
Meanwhile, Continuance has also announced a new filmmaking initiative inspired by the horror maestro himself, Jason Blum.
Continuance’s Tristan Barr and David Gim were speaking to Blum (“Halloween”, “The Purge”) at the recent Busan Film Market where he inspired the prolific producing unit to get a film fund going.
“Jason gave us incredible advice on shooting with low budgets and testing contents with short films”, says Barr, co-founder of the company.
The chat led to a new film ‘Continue’ initiative, in which budding filmmakers will have the chance to produce their own short with feature film or TV series potential.
Through their new initiative, Continuance Pictures will foster the untapped creativity of new writers, directors and producers by assisting them in the development and production of a film through a short film initiative.
Continuance Pictures are looking to oﬀer qualiﬁed, high-concept proposals up to $10,000 to spend on the production’s budget. Writers, directors and producers who have bold and innovative ideas are invited to submit their scripts to the Continue Short Film Initiative via the Continuance Pictures website before 5 pm AEDT on the 1st of February 2019.
HEAD TO https://www.continuancepictures.com/short-ﬁlm-submission/ TO SUBMIT.
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Screen Media Brings PATRICK to Theaters in North America For A One Day Only Cinema Event on February 19th
Screen Media is thrilled to announce the theatrical expansion of the heart-warming comedy, PATRICK, centered around an adorable pug, to over 100 cinemas in North America for a one day only event on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. Sarah (Beattie Edmondson) is unlucky in love and a bit of a mess. The last thing she needs is a mischievous dog. When she inherits Patrick the pug, not only does he turn her life upside down, but he also changes it forever. Written and directed by Mandi Fletcher (Absolutely Fabulous), PATRICK, a must see for dog lovers, reunites newcomer Beattie Edmondson (Drunk History, Bridget Jones’s Baby) and real-life mother Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous, Shek 2, Coraline), and on screen, alongside Ed Skrein (Deadpool, Maleficent 2) and Tom Bennett (Love & Friendship) Tickets for the special one day event are available Friday at: www.pugactually.com
Prior to the wide North American release, PATRICK will be released theatrically in ten markets on February 15, 2019. Follow PATRICK on Instagram @pugactually.
GKIDS Acquires Annie Award-Nominated THIS MAGNIFICENT CAKE! | In Select LA Theaters March 1
GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced it has acquired the North American distribution rights for the animated feature THIS MAGNIFICENT CAKE!. GKIDS will release the film theatrically in Los Angeles on March 1, 2019.
THIS MAGNIFICENT CAKE! is a mid-length stop-motion animated film set in the bitter milieu of Belgium-occupied Congo in the late 19th century that turns a critical gaze on the colonists themselves. An official selection at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, Toronto International Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, and Animation Is Film Festival, the film received an Annie Award nomination for Best Independent Animated Feature, the Andre-Martin Award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, and the top feature animation prize at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. The all-rights deal was negotiated by GKIDS President David Jesteadt and Marcin Łuczaj of New Europe Film Sales.
“This Magnificent Cake! is like nothing I have ever seen before,” said David Jesteadt, GKIDS’ President. “It is a triumph of filmmaking and craftsmanship, to tell a story of such power and nuance through detailed stop-motion animation. As a critical examination of a dark legacy whose effects are still being felt today, this is a timely and provocative film that has already sparked conversations at film festivals around the globe.”
“We are very happy that Marc and Emma’s film has found a home at GKIDS, which is the best place for quality animation in the US,” said Jan Naszewski, CEO of New Europe Film Sales.
An official selection at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, Toronto International Film Festival and Telluride Film Festival, THIS MAGNIFICENT CAKE! (CE MAGNIFIQUE GÂTEAU!) is an unforgettable work of stop-motion animation exploring the bitter milieu of Belgium-occupied Congo. In the late 19th century, keen to compete with other European imperial powers on the continent, King Leopold II of Belgium proclaimed, “I do not want to miss a good chance of getting us a slice of this magnificent African cake.” The subsequent occupation of the Congo would come to attract a contingent of servants, merchants and miscellaneous bourgeois driven by everything from insatiable greed to existential fear. From the intimate stories of these characters — many of whom pass through a luxury hotel in the middle of the jungle – emerges a greater narrative concerning the imperialist mentality. In a film by turns surreal, darkly comic and brutal, directors Marc James Roels and Emma de Swaef ultimately turn their critical gaze on the colonists themselves in a work of stunning, mysterious beauty.
The Concert Film BTS WORLD TOUR <LOVE YOURSELF IN SEOUL> Premieres in ScreenX on January 26th
CJ 4DPLEX (http://www.cj4dx.com), the world’s leading cinema technology company, announced today that the concert film BTS WORLD TOUR <LOVE YOURSELF IN SEOUL> will be available in ScreenX format on January 26, 2019 for a 2 week run.
The film was shot at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul in August 2018 and captures the opening of the current BTS WORLD TOUR ‘LOVE YOURSELF’. The tour has already drawn thousands of fans spanning the world from North America to Europe and Asia, and has proved to be the most sought-after tour of 2018.
The movie delivers not only an intimate viewing of the full exclusive BTS WORLD TOUR ‘LOVE YOURSELF’ concert set list but also brings the viewer directly into the high energy BTS concert, celebrating the band’s unprecedented international phenomenon.
Distributed worldwide by PATHÉ LIVE (except for South Korea where distribution is handled by CGV), the concert film will be available for viewing in both traditional and ScreenX-equipped theatres in 95 countries/territories. The traditional 2D release of the movie will be available for a one-day screening, while in ScreenX, it is scheduled to run for up to 2 weeks in most of the territories. The ScreenX screenings will provide a unique immersive experience with its 270-degree panoramic technology. Audiences will be transported to Seoul Olympic Stadium to a front-row view of international artist sensation, BTS, and relive the critically lauded concert performance in the heart of a roaring crowd on ScreenX’s expansive, three-panel screen.
Tickets for all confirmed theaters except South Korea is available for purchase on the event’s official website (LoveYourselfinSeoul.Film).
As for the domestic market, “BTS WORLD TOUR <LOVE YOURSELF IN SEOUL>” will be available in the following ScreenX Locations:
- CGV Los Angeles
- CGV Buena Park
- B&B Liberty Cinema
- Regal Irvine Spectrum
- Regal Union Square
- Regal Atlantic Station
- Regal Thornton Place
- Regal Pinnacle Stadium
- Regal Hacienda Crossings
- Regal South Beach
- Regal Martin Village
- Regal Grand Parkway
- Edwards Houston Marq’e
“We are very excited to be bringing the new theater concert experience BTS WORLD TOUR <LOVE YOURSELF IN SEOUL> to ScreenX. This film brings music fans around the world one step closer to experiencing a private concert experience.” said JongRyul Kim, CEO of CJ 4DPLEX.
About BTS WORLD TOUR <LOVE YOURSELF IN SEOUL>
Title: <LOVE YOURSELF IN SEOUL>
Director: Big Hit Entertainment
Cast: RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, V, Jung Kook
Production: Big Hit Entertainment/CJ CGV SCREENX
Worldwide distribution: Pathé Live
Event date: Saturday, January 26, 2019
Shot at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul during the BTS WORLD TOUR ‘LOVE YOURSELF’, an exclusive screening of the most sought-after concert of 2018 hits movie theaters worldwide for a one-day only event. Uniting fans together to celebrate the seven members of the global boyband and their unprecedented international phenomenon, the event will also be shown in ScreenX theaters, available for additional screenings starting January 26.