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Film Acquisition Rundown, Week of March 28: ‘From the Land of the Moon,’ ‘Harry & Snowman’ and Many More

Film Acquisition Rundown, Week of March 28: 'From the Land of the Moon,' 'Harry & Snowman' and Many More

– Sundance Selects has picked up the U.S. rights to the Marion Cotillard-starring “From the Land of the Moon.” Variety reports that “the sale was based on promotional footage shown at the Berlin Film Festival last month.” The film, directed by Nicole Garcia (who co-wrote the script alongside Jacques Fieschi) is based on the novel by Milena Agus, which “follows a French woman in post-World War II Europe who’s torn between the man she’s meant to marry (Àlex Brendemühl) and a charming war veteran (Louis Garrel).”

– Amazon has pre-emptively picked up the rights to Jill Soloway’s planned adaption of Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s bestselling debut novel “The Nest.” Sweeney will adapt the script herself, which centers on four adult siblings who are shocked to find that their long-expected inheritance has gone bye-bye. The news was first reported by Deadline.

– Burgeoning indie outfit Grasshopper Film has acquired the U.S. rights to Laura Israel’s “Don’t Blink: Robert Frank,” a critically acclaimed documentary about the life and work of one of the most influential artists of the last half century. The film premiered at the New York Film Festival last year and was an official selection of the 2016 Berlin Film Festival. It will open July 13 at Film Forum in New York, followed by a national rollout.

– Emerging Pictures will release Valerie Weiss’ directorial debut, “A Light Beneath Their Feet,” in select theatrical markets across North America on May 6. The film stars Taryn Manning alongside Madison Davenport, Kurt Fuller, Nora Dunn, Kali Hawk, Maddie Hasson and Carter Jenkins. Billed as “emotionally raw and bracingly honest,” the film is a coming-of-age tale that tackles “the pull of family obligation against personal aspirations.” In the film, Manning plays Gloria, a mother who is juggling bipolar disorder and the imminent departure of her bright daughter, who is also struggling with her desire to break free and her obligation to care for her mom. The film screened at a number of film festivals in 2015, including Mill Valley, the Chicago International Film Festival and the Newport Beach Film Festival.

– Music Box Films has picked up all U.S. rights to the Golden Globe nominee “The Brand New Testament,” a Belgian ensemble comedy that debuted at Cannes. The film, directed by Jaco Van Dormael, “whimsically reimagines God as a jerk living in Brussels and the daughter intent on saving humanity from him.” The distributor is planning a fall release for the delightfully off-kilter comedy.

– CAVU Pictures will release the award-winning documentary feature
film “Art Bastard” in theatres nationwide, beginning May 20 in
New York City, June 3 in
Los Angeles and Irvine, and June 10 in Washington, D.C. The
film will continue to expand nationwide throughout the summer. The film “is the mischievous tale of a
rebel who never fit into today’s art world…yet has become one of its most
provocative, rabble-rousing characters nevertheless. By turns funny and
touching, this portrait of New York painter Robert Cenedella –
a contemporary of Andy Warhol who set himself up in the ‘60s as the anti-Warhol
– uncovers a fascinating story of family secrets vs. personal identity, art vs.
money, and conventional success vs. creating a life on one’s own defiant

– Kino Lorber has acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to Pieter van Huystee’s “Hieronymus Bosch: Touched by the Devil,” a documentary focused on the late-medieval artist Hieronymus Bosch, one of the most celebrated painters of all time who was known worldwide for his wild and evocative imagery of heaven and hell. The film, however, does’t just focus on Bosch’s work, but also “on a global search for lost Bosch paintings, the film outlines the challenges faced by several international institutions working together on a comprehensive exhibition, 500 years after Bosch’s passing.” The film will begin its theatrical run with an exclusive engagement at New York’s Film Forum, on July 27, with Kino Lorber planning a nationwide and Canadian rollout later in the year. 

– FilmRise has picked up exclusive worldwide distribution rights to the heartwarming, horse-jumping documentary, “Harry & Snowman.” The touching film “follows the Cinderella story of Dutch immigrant Harry deLeyer and his transformative relationship with a broken down Amish plow horse – named Snowman – that he rescued off a slaughter truck bound for the glue factory. In less than two years, Harry and Snowman would go on to win the triple crown of show jumping, beating the nation’s blue bloods and traveling the world together as they became the media darlings of the 1950s and 60s.” The film premiered to sold out crowds at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and went on to win ten audience awards for best documentary, including wins at the 2015 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, the 2015 Nantucket Film Festival, and the 2015 New Hampshire Film Festival. “Harry & Snowman” will receive a theatrical release in September.

– Gravitas Ventures has acquired worldwide rights to Slamdance winner “Buddymoon” (previously known as “Honey Buddies”), and plans to release “the bromantic comedy about a jilted groom and his best friend’s backpacking adventure” in theaters and On Demand on July 1

– BOND/360 has kicked off its expansion into international distribution with the acquisition of worldwide rights for “Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story,” a documentary that follows the life of legendary alto sax player and Charlie Parker protégée Frank Morgan. The film chronicles Morgan’s profound musical ability, his rise in the industry and the hard personal times that threatened everything that was dear to him. After successful runs at IFC Center in New York and Laemmle Theaters in Los Angeles, BOND/360 will launch the documentary internationally this year, with a focus on digital and broadcast in 2017.

– Uncork’d Entertainment has picked up U.S. distribution rights to Jose Prendes’ festival favorite “The Divine Tragedies.” The film centers on two brothers who try to fulfill their murderous fantasies (together! fun!), but find all they cherish threatened in the aftermath. The release is planned for later this year.

READ MORE: Film Acquisition Rundown, Week of March 21: ‘The Free World’ Goes to IFC, Rob Zombie’s Clown-Centric ’31’ to Saban and More

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