Paramount Classics Gets Brad Anderson's Latest, "The Machinist"
by Eugene Hernandez
In a deal with Filmax Entertainment, Paramount Classics has nabbed North American, UK, South African, Latin American, Australian and New Zealand rights to Brad Anderson's Sundance 2004 debut, "The Machinist." The film, which stars Christian Bale, also screened in the Panorama section at the Berlinale earlier this month. Anderson's film was written by Scot Kosar ("The Texas Chainsaw Massacre") and is described as a psychological thriller. The company will release the movie at the end of this year.
"We are extremely proud to be working with Brad, a director of incredible vision," said Paramount Classics co-presidents Ruth Vitale and David Dinerstein. "His film is powerfully unique and evocative. Bale's work is equally impressive. We believe this will be a performance to be reckoned with come Awards season."
In the film, which was shot in Barcelona masked as a U.S. city, Bale plays a machinist in a factory who is deteriorating due to a lack of sleep. In the words of an announcement, "His only solace comes from his call-girl girlfriend (Jennifer Jason Leigh) when his world becomes a living nightmare as cryptic notes turn up in his apartment and he has visions of a co-worker no one else can see. Are these mysteries part of a plot to drive him mad? Or has fatigue simply robbed him of reason? Determined to find answers, he embarks on a journey of self-awareness -- yet the more he learns, the less he wants to know." John Sloss of Cinetic Media negotiated the deal.
Upcoming Filmax International productions being presented this week at the American Film Market in Santa Monica include Jaume Balaguero's "Fragile," Nacho Cerda's "Bloodline," and an animation film entitled "Donkey Xote."
Films on Paramount Classics release slate include Paul McGuigan's "The Reckoning," Matthew Ryan Hoge's "The United States of Leland," Mike Hodges' "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead," Yann Samuell's "Love Me If You Dare," Patrice Leconte's "Confidences Trop Intimes," and Ian McEwan's "Enduring Love."