Arclight Films has finalised a raft of prestige sales on thriller Hotel Mumbai starring Dev Patel and Armie Hammer heading into tomorrow’s (September 7) world premiere at TIFF.
Verve and Endeavor Content licensed rights to VVS for Canada, while Arclight Films chairman Gary Hamilton and his team struck deals with eOne for Benelux, TF1 for France, SquareOne for Germany, IIF and M2 for Italy, Sandrew Metronome for Scandinavia, Italia Films for Middle East, and Imagem for Latin America.
Fresh sales on the film, based on true events surrounding the Mumbai 2008 attacks when Jihadist terrorists laid siege to the Taj Mahal Palace hotel, include: Japan (Gaga), Spain (Inopia Films), Taiwan (Apex Success Global-Longshong), South Korea (Sycomad), Hong Kong (Intercontinental Film Distribution), Singapore (Shaw Organization), Philippines (Pioneer Films), Indonesia (PT Prima), CIS (Paradise/MGN), Eastern Europe (Unicorn Media), and Turkey (Aqua Pinema).
As previously announced, Icon Film Distribution will release Hotel Mumbai in Australia and New Zealand, while Bleecker Street and ShivHans Pictures hold US rights. Verve and Endeavor Content handled North American sales.
Australian filmmaker Anthony Maras makes his feature directorial debut from a screenplay he co-wrote with John Collee. Basil Iwanyk, Gary Hamilton, Mike Gabrawy, Julie Ryan, Andrew Ogilvie and Jomon Thomas served as producers. Rounding out the cast are Nazanin Boniadi, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Anupam Kher, and Jason Isaacs.
“The near worldwide sell-out of Hotel Mumbai is a true testament to the talent of its filmmakers, led by visionary director Anthony Maras,” said Hamilton. “We are thrilled to partner with leading distributors across the globe to bring this impactful true story to theaters and audiences everywhere.”
“Hotel Mumbai is a superbly crafted thriller,” said VVS senior vice-president Harry Grivakis. “We are excited for Canadian audiences to experience this must-see film.”
Hotel Mumbai is a Hamilton Films, Thunder Road Pictures and Electric Pictures Production, presented by Screen Australia and Xeitgeist Entertainment Group, in association with the South Australian Film Corporation, Arclight Films, Adelaide Film Festival, Double Guess Productions, and Screenwest.