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Wide sells Sherman for US, Eye On Films expands

BY ANDREAS WISEMAN Wide Management has sold Ryan Redford’s Oliver Sher- man to Palisades Tartan for the US. Also, Wide’s indie distribution collective Eye On Films (EoF) has added two new titles to its sales slate with Anne Emond’s Nuit #1 and Tawfik Abu Wael’s Last Days In Jerusa- lem, bringing the number of features on its label to nine. EoF ha s r e c ent l y

announced other US deals for Nuit #1 with Adopt Film, Mourning with Global Film Initiative and The First Rasta for ArtMattan Pro- ductions. More are expected soon. Nadav Lapid’s hit Police-

man gets distribution in France and Spain through Bodega Films and Aque- larre Servicios Cine- matograficos, respectively. The Spanish outfit also acquired Polish drama Fear

Backed by MEDIA Mun- Loic Magneron

Of Falling and Neue Visio- nen picked up The First Rasta for Germany. The expanding EoF

brand now includes 29 dis- tributors and 39 film festi- vals worldwide. New partnerships include East- ern European channel Film Europe and French channel IfTélévision. The Wide Management

offshoot will host a meeting for its members in Brussels in December during which it will screen films in the label and host a workshop about the distribution of non-European titles in Europe.

dus, EoF provides distribu- tors with grants for the release of a title from the EoF label and it also part- ners with festivals for screenings. The Seville film festival (November 4-11) will be the first to screen the entire label. “As we have almost 70

partners, we hope that next year we can amass 16-24 films and can become not only a network but a brand. Most of our partners have done more than we expected to date. And it’s important to remember that we are not only provid- ing money from Europe but that we are a global service. We are really succeeding in what we set out to achieve — a synergy between all the elements in the industry,” EoF and Wide Manage- ment general manager Loic Magneron told Screen.

VMI finds Love, sees Dead Opus tunes quartet

BY JEREMY KAY VMI Worldwide has picked up international sales on the space journey drama Love and 3D horror comedy Dead Before Dawn 3D. William Eubank makes

his feature directorial debut on Love, which was pro- duced by Tom DeLonge and his band Angels & Air- waves, who wrote original music for the film. Gunner Wright plays an astronaut

who becomes stranded in orbit. The film screens here tomorrow. April Mullen directed

zombie story Dead Before Dawn 3D, which stars Devon Bostick, Christopher Ll o y d a nd Ma r t h a MacIsaac. VMI Worldwide’s slate

also includes Afghan Luke, screening here at the mar- ket, as well as Take Two and Valley Of The Sun.

Image on tap for Drafthouse

BY JEREMY KAY Drafthouse Films has struck an exclusive US dis- tribution deal with Image Entertainment covering VoD, DVD, digital and tele- vision platforms. Drafthouse, the distribu-

tion arm of the Alamo Drafthouse theatre chain, will retain theatrical rights on titles it acquires and appoint distributors on a case-by-case basis. The company also

announced it has acquired North American rights to Belgian crime drama and 2012 foreign-language

n 4 Screen International at the AFM November 4, 2011 Bullhead

Oscar submission Bullhead and the comedy Clown: The Movie. Drafthouse has not yet said whether it will release these titles theatri- cally or name a distributor. Meanwhi le, former

Anchor Bay executive James Emanuel Shapiro has joined Drafthouse as chief operating officer.

Ken DuBow’s Opus Distribution is at the AFM with a quartet of new titles led by The Gathering and I Want Your Money. The Gathering tells of

a sinister contest between Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker, HP Lovecraft and Mary Shelley. I Want Your Money

appraises the financial state of the US, while Spectres follows a workaholic widow with a troubled daughter. Rounding out the new

arrivals is genre title Deadly Sibling Rivalry, which has sold to France (TF1), Spain (Cobalt) and Italy (Dall Angelo). “It’s great to have

acquired these new projects and to go into the market with substantial sales across the entire line-up,” DuBow said.

Jeremy Kay

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