By Peter Knegt | Indiewire May 24, 2010 at 3:32AM
NonStop Entertainment has announced a slew of new acquisitions at the recently closed 2010 Cannes Film Festival, including three films that screened in competition.
Par example, "Of Gods and Men" was acquired from Wild Bunch for release in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. Picked up for U.S. release by Sony Pictures Classics, the French drama is directed by Xavier Beauvois, and stars Lambert Wilson and Michael Lonsdale. Tackling a gruesome, real-life horror story set in 1996 Algeria, the was awarded with the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival. yesterday.
NonStop also acquired Ken Loach's "Route Irish" from Wild Bunch. Named by the infamous and dangerous road that links Baghdad's international 'Green Zone' with the city's airport, the film tells the story of British ex-soldiers who cannot get used to living as civilians and decides to go back to Iraq to work as private contractors. NonStop Entertainment is distributing the film in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland.
Another film in Official Competition - Takeshi Kitano's "Outrage," was acquired from Celluloid Dreams. The film features the notorious yakuza clans' ruthless battle for power, with a rival bosses seeking to rise through the ranks by scheming and making allegiances sworn over sake. NonStop Entertainment is distributing the film in the Nordics.
Additionally, NonStop made a few other pickups from the Cannes Market: Docs "Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel," "Lagerfeld Confidential," and "Yves Saint Laurent: L'Amour Fou," for distribution in the Nordics (and the Baltics for "Laurent" and "Lagerfeld" only); Spanish director Julio Medem's "Room in Rome," for release in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland; and James C. Strouse's "The Winning Season," for Nordic and Baltic countries.