Mark Damon returns to Berlin with a marquee title in the form of the Bobby Farrelly comedy and along with Tamara Birkemoe will commence pre-sales next week.
A banner year in Park City continued to deliver the goods as Magnolia Pictures acquired world rights to Sean Baker’s comedy. Separately, Alchemy, SPC and Lionsgate confirmed previously reported deals on Strangerland, The Diary Of A Teenage Girl and Knock Knock.
Content Media will commence international sales in Berlin next week on John Suits’ sci-fi action-thriller starring Rachel Nichols, Mekhi Phifer and Missi Pyle.
At a panel in Rotterdam, the ‘next wave’ of festival programmers from across the globe debated topics such as how much to programme audience-friendly films while championing more challenging work.
Festivals and Awards
Pan-European cinema event will see five films premiere in Rotterdam and simultaneously across Europe; Distrify Media and Filmin will offer through VOD.
Cinematic experience “stimulates all five senses”.
BAFTA-winner to adapt short story Dogfight, from cult sci-fi writer; currently in Rotterdam with Brand New-U.
Latest box office news
CHINA BOX OFFICE: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies grossed $49.84m on its opening weekend in China, pushing record-breaking remake Miss Granny into second place.
Warner Bros’ awards contender posts $3.8m (£2.5m) second weekend to dethrone Taken 3; Universal’s Ex Machina leads openers with $1.7m (£1.1m) debut.
SUNDANCE: Kuwaiti industrialist Nawaf Alghanim announced in Park City on Friday (January 23) the formation of his Los Angeles and Kuwaiti-based financing and production company.