AFM 2014 Acquisitions: Volume Two

Dark Places
A24 and DirectTV have acquired all U.S rights to Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s “Dark Places” based on the novel by “Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn. Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Nicholas Hoult, Christina Hendricks, Tye Sheridan and Corey Stoll star.

Theron plays a survivor of the brutal killing of her family as a child who is forced to confront the events of that day by a secret society obsessed with solving crimes.

Magnolia has acquired U.S. rights to Mikael Marcimain’s post-WWII-set “Gentlemen” which stars David Dencik, Sverrir Gudnason and Pernilla August.

Based on Klas Ostergren’s bestselling novels, the story deals with the forbidden love and dark secrets surrounding Sweden’s flamboyant Morgan brothers.

The Mirror
Film Movement has acquired North American rights to Ed Boase’s urban myth-inspired horror tale “The Mirror”. The story follows friends who buy a supposedly haunted camera on eBay. The US release is set for late January with a Netflix release to follow in April.

Black Souls
Rialto has picked up North American rights to Francesco Munzi’s mafia drama “Black Souls” following successful screenings in Venice and Toronto earlier this year.

The film explores the descent of three brothers, caught up in the world of Calabria’s notorious mafia, the ‘Ndrangheta. An early 2015 release is planned.

Leading Lady
Freestyle Releasing and Freestyle Digital Media have acquired all theatrical and VOD rights to Henk Pretorius’ romantic comedy “Leading Lady” starring Katie McGrath, Bok van Blerk and Gil Bellows.

McGrath (“Merlin,” “Dracula”) plays an idealistic British ingenue who journeys to Africa to prepare for a film role and finds herself embraced by a quirky community in a small South African town where an unlikely romance develops between her and a cynical farmer.

The Barber
ARC Entertainment has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Basel Owies’ thriller “The Barber” with a theatrical and premium VOD release planned for the Spring.

The story examines a father (Scott Glenn) whose life is destroyed in pursuit of a monster, and a son caught in a deadly charade as he tries to unravel his father’s obsession.

Blood Moon
Uncork’d Entertainment has picked up North American rights to Jeremy Wooding’s werewolf western “Blood Moon” from British sales group Jinga Films.

Set in 19th century Colorado, Shaun Dooley plays a gunslinger who comes to the rescue of a stagecoach full of passengers taken hostage by bank robbers. Said group is then attacked by a group of mythical ‘skinwalkers’.

I Am Here
Brainstorm Media has picked up North American rights to Anders Morgenthaler’s English-language drama “I Am Here” starring Kim Basinger.

Kim Basinger plays a successful businesswoman who, when she is told she is infertile, becomes desperate to have a child. Her efforts eventually lead her into the shady underworld of infant adoptions in Eastern Europe.

Freestyle Releasing and Freestyle Digital Media have acquired theatrical and VOD rights to the horror-comedy “Zombeavers”.

The film’s trailer has received more than 3.6 million views on YouTube. The distributor plans a U.S. theattrical and VOD release on March 20th.

Source: Variety, Screen, Deadline, THR