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February 2, 2009 3:45 AM
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Film Movement Takes "Somers Town" to North America

Film Movement has picked up North American film rights to Shane Meadows' "Somers Town," which won the best actor award at the Tribeca Film Festival and best new British feature at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. The distributor plans a July, 2009 theatrical opening in New York, followed by a national roll out. Film Movement's president Adley Gartenstein and Rebeca Gonget, VP of acquisitions and distribution negotiated the deal with Joy Wong of The Works.

According to the company, the film follows the story of two teenage newcomers to London who forge an unlikely friendship over the course of a hot summer. "Tomo (Thomas Turgoose) is a runaway from Nottingham; Marek (Piotr Jagiello), a Polish immigrant, lives in the district of Somers Town, between King's Cross and Euston stations, where his dad is working on a new rail link. When Marek agrees to let homeless Tomo move into his room, unbeknownst to his father, the pair forms a strong bond, as they work odd jobs for an eccentric neighbor and compete for the attention of Maria, a beautiful young French waitress whom they are both infatuated with. But it's only a matter of time before Marek's dad discovers what's going on..."

"We have been big fans of Shane Meadows for a long time, and we couldn't be more excited to have acquired his latest feature, 'Somers Town,'" commented Gartenstein in a statement. "We are sure that American audiences will fall in love with this sweet and funny film, and we are eager to share it with them."

Based in New York, Film Movement is a full-service North American distributor of independent and foreign films founded in 2003.

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