Magnolia Pictures has taken all North American rights to Rick Alverson’s Entertainment, while in a separate deal Drafthose Films will distribute The World Of Kanako in North America.
Entertainment (pictured) stars Gregg Turkington, John C Reilly, Tye Sheridan, Michael Cera and Amy Seimetz and just screened as the closing night selection of New Directors/New Films.
Turkington plays an aging comedian on tour in the California desert who tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter.
Alverson, Turkington and Tim Heidecker co-wrote the screenplay and Ryan Zacarias produced with Ryan Lough, George Rush, Brooke Bernard, Alverson, Patrick Hibler and Alex Lipschultz.
The film premiered in Sundance and is a Jagjaguwar, Nomadic Independence and Made Bed Production in association with Arts + Labor, Autumn Productions, Epic Pictures Group and Complex Corporation.
Magnolia svp of acquisitions Dori Begley and vp of acquisitions John Von Thaden brokered the deal with Cinetic Media.
Drafthouse Films has acquired North American rights to Tetsuya Nakashima’s latest Japanese thriller The World Of Kanako.
The film debuted in Toronto last year and centres on a former detective on the trail of the daughter he perhaps never truly knew.
Koji Yakusho and Nana Komatsu star.
Drafthouse Films COO James Emanuel Shapiro plans a limited theatrical release and will roll out the film on multiple platforms.
Shapiro negotiated the deal with Carole Baraton of Wild Bunch on behalf of Gaga Corporation.