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Film Acquisition Rundown, Week of May 9: Oscilloscope Gets Ready to ‘Always Shine,’ ‘Burden’ Blooms With Magnolia and More

Film Acquisition Rundown, Week of May 9: Oscilloscope Gets Ready to 'Always Shine,' 'Burden' Blooms With Magnolia and More

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Film Acquisition Rundown to find out what films got new homes and are coming to a theater or streaming platform near you.

You can also keep on top of Cannes pickups with our always-updating Cannes acquisition rundown, which will be updating throughout the duration of the festival. 

– Oscilloscope Laboratories has picked up U.S. rights to Sophia Takal’s second directorial feature, the award-winning Tribeca premiere “Always Shine.” The film follows two best pals (and competing actresses), played by Mackenzie Davis and Caitlin FitzGerald, as they embark on a weekend away that is soon undone by big revelations, bigger emotions and a ton of tension. Oscilloscope will release the film in theaters later this year.

– IFC Midnight has acquired the U.S. rights to André Øvredal’s “The Autopsy of Jane Doe,” a creepy new thriller (and the English-language debut) from the director of “Trollhunter.” The film stars Emile Hirsch, Brian Cox and Ophelia Lovibond and follows “two coroners – a father and son – [who] receive a mysterious homicide victim with no apparent cause of death. As they attempt to identify the beautiful young ‘Jane Doe,’ they discover increasingly bizarre clues that hold the key to her terrifying secrets.

– Magnolia Pictures has snapped up the U.S. rights to directors Timothy Marrinan and Richard Dewey’s documentary “Burden,” an inside look into the life and work of the late celebrated art world provocateur Chris Burden. The film recently world premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and features original music by Andrew Bird.

– Samuel Goldwyn Films
has acquired worldwide distribution rights to “Spirit of the Game.” The film was written and directed by J.D. Scott. Set in the ’50s, the film “depicts the true story of a group of young missionaries who have journeyed to Australia to spread the gospel and discover their services are needed in another way. Their calling is to help the country’s fledgling national basketball team as it prepares for the 1956 Olympic Games. In so doing, they unite a nation still reeling from the aftermath of World War II.” The film will be released theatrically in
partnership with Purdie Distribution on October 7.

– Corinth Films will distribute “Nakom,” “a lively drama from a lesser known corner of the world and directed by the
female team of TW Pittman and Daniela Norris.” The film was featured in the
2016 New Directors/New Films series at the Museum of Modern Art in March. The film is “set in present day Ghana [and] follows Iddrisu, a talented
medical student who is summoned home by his sister after their father’s sudden
death.”

– MVD Entertainment Group has acquired all North American distribution rights to science fiction thriller “Subterranea,” the debut from director and screenwriter Mathew Miller. The film follows a “The Captive,” “who was locked in a dark cell as a small child and was raised in complete isolation, never seeing daylight or even another human being. Over twenty years later, without warning, he is released into society with nothing but the clothes on his back. Determined to find out who he is, The Captive discovers that he’s the centerpiece of a dangerous orchestrated sociological experiment.” The film will debut on Digital, VOD, DVD and Blu-ray on September 13.

– In related distribution news, Kino Lorber has announced the creation of a brand new theatrical distribution label dedicated to the release of high-quality, award-winning art house films from India, Pakistan and throughout South Asia, Silk Road Cinema. Films on the new label will be released throughout North America in theaters and all home media. Kino Lorber will partner with New York and Mumbai-based independent filmmaker/producer Shrihari Sathe, who will curate the collection and collaborate on distribution strategy. Silk Road Cinema will release approximately six titles a year, in all media, starting with five titles acquired from 3 Monkeys, the international film group operated by Shrihari Sathe and Alan McAlex. Those films include Afia Nathaniel’s “Dukhtar,” “1000 Rupee Note,” “Liar’s Dice,” “Killa” and “Harud.”

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