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WestEnd punches for Hardwicke’s Knockout


Buyers reach for Celluloid’s Detachment

BY ANDREAS WISEMAN Celluloid Dreams has closed a number of deals on Tony Kaye’s Detachment, starring Adrien Brody. Recent territories sold include

Benelux (Wild Bunch), Italy (UBU), Russia (CP Digital), Latin America (California), Middle East (Shooting Stars), India (Picture- works), Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam (PT Parkit) and Taiwan (Cineplex). The Paper Street Films-Kingsgate

Films production chronicles three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, as seen through the eyes of a substitute teacher. Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Lucy Liu and James Caan co-star in the film, which had its world pre- miere at the Tribeca Film Festival. Deals for the US (Tribeca Film),

France (Pretty Pictures) and Can- ada (Mongrel Media) were reported previously. Celluloid Dreams screens Detachment here at the AFM today.

Slash came to the AFM on Wednesday to talk about his company Slasher Films’ first production, Nothing To Fear, being sold by Content. Pictured are director Anthony Leonardi, Slash and Content’s Harry White. See story, p2.

Hausfater flies to Shanghai

Jere Hausfater is selling Asian territories here at the AFM on the US-China rom-com Shanghai Calling. Producer Janet Yang is the only

US film-maker to have a first-look deal with China Film Group, the China Film Company subsidiary that is financing the project alongside private investors. Daniel Hsia directed the story,

which shot entirely in Shanghai and follows a New York attorney

who runs into trouble when he arrives in China for work. He must enlist the help of a beautiful relocation specialist, a foreign businessman, a journalist and a street-smart assistant. Shanghai Calling screened at

the market and stars Daniel Henney, Bill Paxton, Eliza Coupe, Geng Le and Alan Ruck. China Film Group is distributing

in China. Jeremy Kay

BY ANDREAS WISEMAN WestEnd Films has boarded Cath- erine Hardwicke’s love story Knockout, starring Noomi Rapace (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) and Ola Rapace. The 1960s-set Knockout tells the

story of the whirlwind love affair between iconic Swedish singer Anita Lindblom and boxing cham- pion Bo ‘Bosse’ Hogberg. Principal photography is slated

to begin early next year, and West- End will introduce the project to buyers here at the AFM. The English-language feature is written by Peter Birro and Hard-

Hardwicke with Ola Rapace and Noomi Rapace

wicke, and produced by Fredrik Malmberg of Paradox Entertain- ment (Let Me In), Malte Forssell (David Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) and Helena Dan- ielsson and Maria Dahlin of Hepp Film (Beyond).

John Ptak, Daniel Wagner and

Gudrun Giddings executive pro- duce, in collaboration with Nord- isk Film, which is financing and handling Scandinavian distribu- tion. Noomi Rapace and Ola Rapace

also teamed last year on Pernilla August’s award-winning Beyond. Noomi Rapace is also appearing in the forthcoming Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows and Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. WestEnd has also announced

two other titles on its slate: Neil Jordan’s Byzantium and Gabriele Salvatores’ Siberian Education.

FEATURES Playboy Pattinson Sony strikes a North American deal with Protagonist Pictures for Bel Ami, starring Robert Pattinson and Uma Thurman. » PAGE 2

Films On Tap Drafthouse strikes an exclusive deal with Image Entertainment. » PAGE 4

Touting Tunisia Post-revolution, the local film industry is ready for its close-up. » PAGE 14

Brit hit Tracking the success of UK smash hit comedy The Inbetweeners. » PAGE 8

SCREENINGS What to see today. » START PAGE 18

Morton joins The Mulo

BY ANDREAS WISEMAN Samantha Morton is attached to play the lead role in upcoming UK/ Canada supernatural thriller The Mulo from UK outfit Ipso Facto Films. Intandem Films is introducing

the project to buyers here at the AFM. Set in a gypsy community in

England, the f i lm fol lows estranged twin sisters Brady and Bess — both played by Morton. When Brady’s son goes missing, the mother goes on a quest to fi nd him as it transpires he may have been taken by an evil gypsy spirit.

Buyers aim for Lotte’s Arrows

BY WENDY MITCHELL Korean studio Lotte Entertain- ment has closed a number of deals on its local box-office smash The War Of The Arrows. CJ America acquired theatrical rights for North America, while Well Go USA has taken non-theatrical rights. The fi lm has also sold to the UK

(Showbox), German-speaking Europe (Splendid), Indonesia (PT Amero), Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia (Vapet), Taiwan (Filmware), Singapore (Festive),

Indonesia (Star) and Turkey (Gen). Kim Han-min’s historical action

epic has led the Korean box offi ce this year, with more than 7.5 mil- lion tickets sold. The cast includes Park Hae-il,

Ryoo Seung-yong, Moon Chae- won, Kim Mu-yeol and Lee Han- wi.

Lotte’s slate also includes Kwak

Kyung-taek’s Pain, which screens here at AFM. It is a love story about a man who cannot sense anything and a woman with haemophilia.

Samantha Morton Matthew Thompson (Dummy)

directs and Christine Alderson (Irina Palm, Comes A Bright Day) produces. CGI comes from Mon- treal FX company Vision Globale.


melts for Snow StudioCanal will distribute Relativity’s untitled Snow White project in the UK and Germany, striking deals pre-AFM with FilmNation. Relativity’s tale stars Julia

Roberts, Lily Collins and Armie Hammer. The UK release is set for March 16. Producers are Ryan Kavanaugh, Bernie Goldmann and Brett Ratner. Andreas Wiseman


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