Elevation Pictures will distribute the Bleecker Street slate in Canada, the company heads announced on Tuesday (January 20).

The deal kicks off on March 20 with Danny Collins (pictured) starring Al Pacino as an ageing rocker. Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner, Bobby Cannavale and Christopher Plummer round out the key cast.

Edward Zwick’s Toronto 2014 selection Pawn Sacrifice starring Tobey Maguire and Liev Schreiber as chess rivals Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky will be the second title on the slate.

“I’ve always wanted to be in business with Laurie and Noah,” said Bleecker Street’s New York-based CEO Andrew Karpen of Elevation co-presidents Laurie May and Noah Segal.

“They know how to reach Canadian film-goers and we’re really proud to be partnering with them on our upcoming films.”

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Andrew Karpen and the incredible team at Bleecker Street,” said May and Segal. “We are excited about their initial slate and know that their team will deliver critically acclaimed and commercially successful films”.

Karpen and Avy Eschenasy brokered the pact on behalf of Bleecker Street with May and Segal.