Three indie distribution companies had much to celebrate this weekend after completing acquisition deals for upcoming titles, some of which occurred at the bustling American Film Market. While Sarah Jessica Parker’s latest romantic-comedy found a home at Momentum Pictures, Magnolia snatched up rights to a Nordic adventure drama. Other deals involved Cohen Media Group, which picked up a Nazi thriller that screened at festivals in Locarno and Toronto. Below are all the details on the weekend’s big distribution deals.
Momentum Pictures picked up North American rights to the Sarah Jessica Parker rom-com “All Roads Lead to Rome,” written by Josh Appignanesi and Cindy Myers and directed by Ella Lemhagen. The film follows a single mother from New York City who embarks on a journey to a Tuscan village in an effort to reconnect with her rebellious teenage daughter, Summer. Upon arrival, she runs into her handsome ex-boyfriend living with his 80-year-old mother, Carmen. When Summer and Carmen steal a car and race off to Rome, the former lovers quickly pursue, allowing them to develop a new understanding of each other. Raoul Bova and Paz Vega co-star.
Cohen Media Group has acquired North American rights to Lars Kraume’s historical drama “The People vs. Fritz Bauer.” The award-winning historical thriller played the Toronto International Film Festival in the Contemporary World Cinema section and centers on one man’s fight to bring Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann to justice. The film will be released in major markets in spring 2016.
Lastly, Magnolia Pictures has secured North American rights to Nordic action-adventure epic “The Last King,” directed by Oscar nominee Nils Gaup. Based on true events, the film is set in civil war-ravaged Norway. Aided by rebel group the Birch Legs, the Norwegian King fights for survival against the Church’s Bishopsmen, who seek to supplant the throne. On his deathbed after falling ill, the King soon welcomes a son, born in secrecy as half the Kingdom wants him dead. Tasked with guarding the only remaining heir to the throne, two Birch Legs warriors, Skjervald and Torstein, escape with the infant and must traverse treacherous landscapes to protect their future King. Magnolia is eying a 2016 theatrical release.