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Magnolia Nabs N. American Rights to Tribeca’s “Blackthorn”

Magnolia Nabs N. American Rights to Tribeca's "Blackthorn"

North American rights to Tribeca 2011 feature, “Blackthorn” by Mateo Gil have been picked up by Magnolia Pictures, the company said Thursday. The film had its world debut last week at Tribeca and will screen in the Cannes makert next month. Magnolia SVP Tom Quinn negotiated the pact with Marina Fuentes of 6 Sales. Magnolia will release the film theatrically later this year.

Below is the full press release:

The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures announced today they have acquired North American rights to “Blackthorn,” a moving and exciting western about the last days of Butch Cassidy. Shot on location in the gorgeous mountains and deserts of Bolivia, “Blackthorn” stars the legendary Sam Shepard, Stephen Rea, Eduardo Noriega and Nicolaj Coster-Waldau.

The film is a striking English language debut from director Mateo Gil, a three-time Goya winner best known for his acclaimed screenwriting career (Open Your Eyes, The Sea Inside, Agora). “Blackthorn” was written by Miguel Barros, and produced by Ibon Cormenzana and Andres Santana.

“Blackthorn” had its world premiere last week at the Tribeca Film Festival, and will have its Market debut in Cannes next month.

It’s been said (but unsubstantiated) that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were killed in a standoff with the Bolivian military in 1908. In “Blackthorn,” Cassidy (Shepard) survived, and is quietly living out his years under the name James Blackthorn in a secluded Bolivian village. Tired of his long exile from the US and hoping to see his family again before he dies, Cassidy sets out on the long journey home. But when an unexpected encounter with an ambitious young criminal (Eduardo Noriega) derails his plans, he is thrust into one last adventure, the likes of which he hasn’t experienced since his glory days with the Sundance Kid.

“With an amazing cast and incredible locations, Mateo Gil has created a western for the ages,” said Magnolia SVP Tom Quinn. “Sam Shepard is unforgettable as Butch Cassidy, with a command performance that is a high point in an amazing career.”

“It’s not only that “Blackthorn” was accepted in competition at Tribeca,” said director Mateo Gil. “Not also that the public has received the film enthusiastically. On top of all of this, Magnolia will be releasing our film! I love NY!”

“We are delighted with the warm welcome the movie has received,” said Ibon Cormenzana of Arcadia. “We are sure that Magnolia is the best partner to transform this into a theatrical success in North America.”

The deal was negotiated by Magnolia SVP Tom Quinn with Marina Fuentes of 6 Sales. Magnolia is planning a theatrical release later this year.

About Magnolia Pictures
Magnolia Pictures (www.magpictures.com) is the theatrical and home entertainment distribution arm of the Wagner/Cuban Companies, a vertically-integrated group of media properties co-owned by Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban that also includes the Landmark Theatres chain, and the high definition cable network HDNet. Magnolia’s upcoming releases include Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia, Andrew Rossi’s New York Times Documentary Page One, Mark Pellington’s I Melt With You, Alex Gibney’s Ken Kesey documentary Magic Trip, gospel documentary Rejoice and Shout, French thriller Point Blank, rakontur’s Limelight, David Gelb’s Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Anne Sewitsky’s Happy, Happy, Jo Nesbo’s Headhunters, and many more.

About Arcadia Motion Pictures
Arcadia is a Spanish based production company whose next projects include the $30 million budget “Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box,” Pablo Berger’s “Snowhite” and Roman Parrado’s “The Mercenary.”

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