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Film Acquisition Rundown: Oscilloscope Picks Up ‘Lost In Paris,’ GKIDS Grabs ‘My Life As a Zucchini’ And More

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that's been picked up around the globe.

“Lost in Paris”

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired U.S. rights to acclaimed filmmakers Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon’s charming and romantic fourth feature film, “Lost in Paris.” The film will have its premiere this fall and have a theatrical release in 2017.

Filmed in their signature whimsical style, the feature “stars the filmmakers as a small-town Canadian librarian and a strangely seductive, oddly egotistical vagabond. When Fiona’s (Gordon) orderly life is disrupted by a letter of distress from her 93-year-old Aunt Martha (delightfully portrayed by Academy Award nominee Emmanuelle Riva) who is living in Paris, Fiona hops on the first plane she can and arrives only to discover that Martha has disappeared. In an avalanche of spectacular disasters, she encounters Dom (Abel), the affable, but annoying tramp who just won’t leave her alone.”

– GKIDS has acquired North American distribution rights to Claude Barras’ “My Life As a Zucchini” (original French language title “Ma vie de Courgette”), his debut feature based on a script from Céline Sciamma. The film is the official Swiss submission for the Best Foreign Language Film category for the 2017 Academy Awards. GKIDS will qualify the film for awards consideration this fall followed by national theatrical release in 2017.

The made its critically acclaimed world premiere earlier this year in the Director’s Fortnight section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. It went on to win both the Grand Prize (Cristal) and the Audience Award at the 2016 Annecy International Animation Film Festival. It will make its North American premiere at this year’s 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, in the TIFF Kids section.

"My Life As a Zucchini"

“My Life As a Zucchini”

– Well Go USA Entertainment has acquired “Railroad Tigers” from director Ding Sheng and starring Jackie Chan, for distribution in major English-language territories including North America, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. The film is tentatively scheduled to open in December to coincide with its release in China.

The film is “set in 1941, [and] Chan stars as railroad worker Ma Yuan, who leads a team of fearless fighters to derail the Japanese war effort. Ma Yuan, using his deep knowledge of the train network, ambushes Japanese soldiers and steal supplies to feed the starving Chinese. The local Chinese call the unlikely heroes the ‘Railroad Tigers.'”

The film also stars young idols and actors from China and Taiwan, Huang Zitao, Wang Kai and Darren Wang.

-The Orchard has acquired worldwide digital and broadcast rights to groundbreaking documentary “Unacknowledged: An Exposé of the Greatest Secret in Human History” featuring Dr. Steven Greer, an emergency doctor and founder of the global Disclosure Movement who has briefed many senior government officials.

The film was was directed by Michael Mazzola and produced by Greer under Star Unacknowledged LLC. The film features numerous government sources including a former special agent for the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Richard Doty. The Orchard plans a release in early 2017.

– BOND/360 has acquired the exclusive U.S. rights to the award-winning documentary “Notes on Blindness.” Directed by Peter Middleton and James Spinney and following their Emmy Award-winning short film of the same name, the documentary takes viewers on an extraordinary journey into “a world beyond sight” through the lens of theologian John Hull.

BOND/360 will release the documentary in theaters this fall beginning with a two-week engagement at NYC’s Film Forum on November 16 followed by a November 25 Los Angeles opening and a national expansion.

Accompanying the film’s release is an award-winning companion VR experience, “Notes On Blindness: Into Darkness,” an “immersive project based on John’s sensory and psychological experience of blindness. The six-part project uses new forms of storytelling, gameplay mechanics and virtual reality to explore John’s cognitive and emotional experience of blindness. Each scene addresses a memory, a moment and a specific location from John’s audio diary, using binaural audio and real time 3D animations to create a fully immersive experience.”

"Notes On Blindness"

“Notes On Blindness”


– Breaking Glass Pictures has announced the U.S. theatrical release of Uruguayan film programmer-turned-director Federico Veiroj’s critically acclaimed “The Apostate.” The film opens at Anthology Film Archives in New York City on Friday, September 9, followed by the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago on Friday, September 16, and the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles on Friday, September 30, in addition to other cities, with a VOD and DVD release to follow on October 25.

The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, and went on to play at numerous film festivals including New Directors/New Films, San Sebastian, Rotterdam, and Miami. The film stars Bárbara Lennie, Marta Larralde, Vicky Peña and a breakout performance by Ogalla, a friend of Veiroj’s on whose life the script is loosely based and who co-scripted.

– “Ordinary World,” previously titled “Geezer,” will open in theaters and on all major On Demand platforms on October 14The comedy-drama stars Billie Joe Armstrong (frontman of Green Day) who also wrote four original songs featured in the film. The film had its premiere at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE) Content Group will release the film domestically and in most of the world on DVD, digital and Television.

Written and directed by Lee Kirk, the film “is a comedic drama about a former punk rocker Perry (Armstrong) facing forty. Ten years into his band’s ‘indefinite hiatus,’ Perry is having trouble coming to terms with his lot in life. Although married to a highly successful, beautiful woman and has two great children, his rock dreams never came true and he’s living a sedate life in Queens, working in his family’s hardware store. When his wife (Selma Blair) and kids forget his 40th birthday, his brother (Chris Messina) takes pity and gives him the money to throw a huge rockstar blowout in a fancy Manhattan hotel. This, is his chance to get it out of his system. Over the course of a day, Perry’s punk past clashes with his middle-aged reality as he encounters crazy former bandmates, a former flame-turned-manager (Judy Greer), an overeager ‘Dad’s Group,’ his in-laws and the police.”

– Uncork’d Entertainment with stage a traveling roadshow of theatrical screenings for “Spaghettiman,” which kicks off in Los Angeles on September 24. A “cylindrical comedy drenched in tomato paste, director Mark Potts’ ‘Spaghetti Man’ has gone down a treat at festivals where it had audiences in stitches.”

The film stars Benjamin Crutcher, Winston Carter, Brand Rackley, Joe LoCicero and Leigh Wulff. It will also be available on digital in the fall, and further screenings will be announced soon.

"Ordinary World"

“Ordinary World”

 – Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired North American rights to Papu Curotto’s Spanish-language drama “Estero,” which premiered at the Inside Out LGBT Film Festival, and went on to play a number of other festivals including OutFest and the MiFo LGBT Film Festival. The film stars Ignacio Rogers, Esteban Masturini and Joaquin Parada.

Breaking Glass is planning a fourth quarter theatrical release with a November 29 DVD and VOD release to follow. The film will be available on iTunes, Amazon Instant, Google Play, Vudu and On Demand through local Cable & Satellite providers.

– Concourse Media and Productivity Media, Inc. have announced today the acquisition of “Impossible Things,” the industry’s first feature length film with a screenplay written via augmented intelligence. The technology was developed and tested before Concourse Media and PMI who greenlit the project with a script that was developed using the intuitive data and analytics tool created by Jack Zhang, Greenlight Essentials’ Founder. Through the implementation of A.I., the companies are using consumer data in a new way to create and exhibit original and commercial content for the entertainment marketplace.

The film “centers on a mother’s disturbance over her daughter’s death. As her out-of-work husband leaves the city and moves to an idyllic and secluded country home, the mother stays at home care for her two other children. When they begin to hear voices and see visions of a deranged woman and child ghost, reality becomes skewed and insanity grows and she succumbs to the house’s demonic traps.”

– Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights (USA/Canada) for the sci-fi thriller “One Under the Sun”, starring Bollywood actress Pooja Batra, Gene Farber and Ava Cantrell. The film recently premiered at Cannes Marche Du Films (France) and San Diego Comic Con (USA). It is slated to release in the beginning of 2017 on Cable, VOD and DVD.

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