By Peter Knegt | Indiewire January 29, 2009 at 7:57AM
The international sales rights to Paul Morrison's "Little Ashes," starring Robert Pattinson as Salvador Dali, have been acquired by Regent Worldwide Sales, the sales affiliate of Regent Entertainment. Regent Worldwide acquired the rights to film from British producers Aria Films and Met Film and their Spanish co-producer Factotum Barcelona SL, and will present "Little Ashes" to distributors for international sales as a market premiere at this year's European Film Market in Berlin.
"Regent is proud to present this high-caliber film to international distributors this year at EFM," said Mark Reinhart, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Distribution and Acquisitions for Regent in a statement. "'Little Ashes' story, beauty and the amazing chemistry between Beltran, Pattinson and McNulty make for an impressive trio that will touch the hearts of audiences around the world."
"Little Ashes" takes place amidst the repression and political unrest in pre-Civil War Spain. Salvador Dali arrives at university, determined to become a great artist, but his "bizarre blend of shyness and rampant exhibitionism attracts the attention of two of the university's social elite" - Federico Garcia Lorca (Javier Beltran) and Luis Bunuel (Matthew McNulty).
"We are delighted to be extending our very successful working relationship with Regent, and to be represented by their excellent international sales team at EFM", said producer Carlo Dusi, who negotiated the deal on behalf of Aria Films, Met Film and Factotum Barcelona, in a statement.
Regent Releasing, Worldwide's sister company and a leading independent film distribution company, acquired the North American distribution rights to "Little Ashes" in February of 2008 and is slated to release the film in US theaters beginning March 27, 2009.
The acquisition deal for "Little Ashes" was negotiated between Mark Reinhart, in conjunction with Liz Mackiewicz and Adam Wright, co-presidents of Regent Worldwide, for Regent and Carlo Dusi of Aria Films Limited. Regent Worldwide will be premiering the film at EFM on Friday, February 6th at 11:30AM in the CinemaxX Studio 18 and Tuesday, February 10th at 11AM in the Marriott 3.