London-based sales company High Point Films has invested "a substantial sales guarantee" against world rights for The Front Line, a feature film being directed by David Gleeson. Nathalie Lichtenthaeler's Wide Eye Films is producing.
The thriller is shooting now in and around Dublin and Hamburg. Eriq Ebouaney (Kingdom of Heaven), James Frain (The Count of Monte Cristo) and Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Hotel Rwanda) are starring in the story about a Congolese asylum seeker working as a bank security guard who is forced to assist in a robbery.
Delivery of the film is expected in late spring. High Point said it had decided not to present the film "in a crowded Cannes" but instead plans to screen it for buyers at the 2006 London Film Focus in June.
Buena Vista International will release in Ireland and Sandrew Metronome will release in Scandinavia.
"As soon as I read David's script, I knew immediately I was holding on to a very hot property. We've already had strong interest from a number of major territories and are busily setting up pre-sales meetings for Berlin, which is set to be our busiest Berlin to date," said Ronald de Neef of High Point.