EXCLUSIVE: On the back of its marquee sales title and awards contender Cake starring Jennifer Aniston, Conquistador Entertainment will kick off sales in Berlin on the drama starring red-hot Ethan Hawke, Paul Giamatti and Johnny Simmons.
Noah Buschel wrote and directed the Elephant Eye Films production that wrapped principal photography on December 20 in Atlanta.
WME Global represents US rights to the story about a gifted and troubled young athlete in his first year at a professional team who enlists the help of a mental coach played by Giamatti to untangle his difficult relationship with his father, played by Hawke.
“Making The Phenom in Atlanta was the best movie experience I’ve ever had,” said Buschel. “The combination of the New York actors mixing with the Atlanta crew was very… I don’t like to use this word, but it was very magical for me. It was a tremendous group, professional but fun, and I had the time of my life.”
“We are very excited to be involved with this film as it stars such prestigious and bold Academy Award-nominated actors,” said Conquistador president Pascal Borno, who will show footage to buyers and also serves as executive producer on The Phenom.
Elephant Eye Films produces in association with Media House Capital and Houndstooth Film Finance and the individual producers are Kim Jose and Antonia Bogdanovich. Louise Lovegrove serves as co-producer.
Joining Borno on the executive producer roster are Jeff Elliott, Aaron L Gilbert, Jeff Rice, Gregory Shockro, Yul Vasquez and Goldcrest Films.
Conquistador evp Scott Karol negotiated the deal with Emerson Bruns on behalf of the producers.