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The ‘Wild West’ of China BY JEREMY KAY
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Image paddles to Wolf Creek 2 BY JEREMY KAY
Wolf Creek 2 has found a US home after Image Entertainment swooped on rights at AFM. Darclight handles international sales. Greg Mclean returns to direct the sequel to his 2005 cult horror, starring John Jarratt as homicidal bushman Mick Taylor, who preys on backpackers in the Australian outback. Jarratt is back in the role and stars alongside Shannon Ashlyn, Ryan Corr and Phillipe Klaus. Mclean and Aaron Sterns cowrote the screenplay and produced with Helen Leake and Steve Topic. Wolf Creek 2 is set for a 2014 release. Mark Ward, Jess De Leo and Bill Bromiley brokered the deal on behalf of Image parent company RLJ Entertainment with Ben Weiss of Paradigm and Peter Nelson and Joel VanderKloot at Nelson Davis Wetzstein.
Cultural differences can make dealing with China feel like “the Wild West”, a senior Constantin executive advised attendees at the AFM Finance Conference. “We have done a couple of films in China and every time you branch out to a culture that’s very different to your own, you’re dealing with an entirely new population and it isn’t going to work the way you think it should work,” said Marsha Metz, senior evp, business
and legal affairs. “Deals are done on handshakes. We’re paper-intensive but it’s different there. It’s like the Wild West and it can be good if you’re willing to get your gun and go for it, but there are a lot of people crying on the sidelines.” The Weinstein Company’s evp strategic initiatives, investment and banking, David Hutkin, suggested that the rise of China as a market will create plentiful opportunities in the form of “two United States” and said India
would follow suit as a potential giant. Metz and Hutkin joined other seasoned financiers at the Fairmont for the ‘Building your global film finance strategy’ panel. The general consensus was that while banks and equity players have returned to the space, it is important for producers to secure distribution or a sales agent first. “Whatever distribution you have will dictate your capital structure,” said Metz.
Universal devours cannibal tale BY JEREMY KAY
Universal Pictures Entertainment has taken rights for the UK, Germany, Benelux and Brazil from Synchronicity Entertainment to horror comedy Cooties. Elijah Wood and Rainn Wilson star in the tale of a teacher who battles child cannibals at a remote school. Cary Murnion and Jona-
than Milott directed Cooties and SpectreVision partners Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh C Waller produce with Steven Schneider, Tove Christensen and Georgy Malkov. Saw co-creator Leigh Whannell and Glee co-creator Ian Brennan wrote the screenplay and serve as executive producers. Synchronicity Entertainment
president Ruzanna Kegeyan negotiated the deal with Matthew Dysart from Sheppard Mullin for the producers and Jasper van Hecke and Felicity Harrison for UPIE. “Not since Gremlins struck a nerve have little monsters terrorised a town in a wildly entertaining take on the horror genre,” said Kegeyan.
Roadshow Films clocks Hours BY ANDREAS WISEMAN
Roadshow Films has picked up US and UK rights to apocalyptic thriller These Final Hours (pictured) from Celluloid Nightmares. Roadshow, which already had Australian rights, will sell the film on to third-party distributors in each territory. Joel Pearlman, managing director of Village Roadshow division Roadshow Films, did the deal with Celluloid’s Hengameh Panahi, who has also inked a separate Swiss deal with Praesens.
Salt, Splendid board horror BY ANDREAS WISEMAN
London-based sales outfit Salt has inked a German-speaking Europe and Benelux deal with Splendid Film on horror-thriller The Neighbor, from Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton. Dunstan, who wrote Saw IV, V and VI with Melton and directed The Collector and its sequel The Collection (also both written by Melton), will direct. Producers are Brett Forbes and Patrick Rizzotti of Fortress Features. WME handles North America. Tom Rice and Ben Nearn from Sycamore Pictures will also be producing and arranging financing. The film follows a man who discovers the truth about his neighbour and what, or who, he is keeping in the cellar. Casting is under way.
Corsan pacts for Bruce Willis thriller deals Corsan has booked a number of deals on Bruce Willis action-thriller Expiration, which is co-financed by Corsan and Emmett/Furla Films. Deals include Germany (Square One), Latin America (California Filmes), Japan (Happinet), China
(HGC), Italy (Adler), eastern Europe (SPI), Greece (Odeon), Philippines (Silverline), South Korea (Daou), Middle East (Eagle Films), Turkey (Medyavizyon), Malaysia (Golden Screen), Thailand (Sahamongol), Hong Kong (Intercontinental),
South Africa (Sabido), Taiwan and India (Parkit), Indonesia (PT Internusa) and airlines (Cinesky). Corsan’s Pascal Borno, president of sales, and Alain Gillissen, vp of sales, confirmed the deals at AFM. Andreas Wiseman
NEWS Darkness spreads Charlize Theron thriller Dark Places, adapted from Gillian Flynn’s novel, sells widely for Exclusive Media. » Page 6
FEATURES High flyer Stefano Dammicco is back in business with a busy slate for his new distribution company, Adler Entertainment. » Page 8
Star system Fox Star Studios CEO Vijay Singh talks about the company’s recent string of hits and bigger in-house productions ahead. » Page 12
StudioCanal swoops for Tom Hardy’s Outsider BY ANDREAS WISEMAN
StudioCanal has pounced on UK rights to QED International’s buzzed-about thriller The Outsider, set to star Tom Hardy. The project is one of the most in-demand among buyers at AFM and QED is in discussions to close a number of other deals at the market. Takashi Miike will direct the script about a former US soldier in post-Second World War Japan who rises through the ranks of a Yakuza crime family. Principal photography is due to get underway in Japan in early 2014 on the film, which is financed and produced by Worldview. The screenplay is by Andrew Baldwin from an idea by Linson Entertainment’s John Linson. John Linson is producing with Art Linson, Worldview’s Christopher Woodrow and Molly Conners and QED’s Bill Block. Worldview’s Maria Cestone and Sarah E Johnson will serve as executive producers with Anton Lessine and Sasha Shapiro. CAA represents North American rights.
Match Factory strikes Jim Jarmusch deal By ANdrEAS WiSEmAN
The Match Factory has secured rights to six Jim Jarmusch titles: Permanent Vacation, Stranger Than Paradise, Down By Law, Mystery Train, Night On Earth and Dead Man. “We are proud to handle these masterpieces of one of the greatest contemporary directors,” said Michael Weber, managing director of The Match Factory. Jarmusch added: “I am so proud to have my films represented by Michael Weber and The Match Factory team, and to be in the company of film-makers I admire such as Aki Kaurismaki and Fatih Akin.” The Match Factory’s AFM slate includes Sam Garbarski’s Vijay And I, David Wnendt’s controversial Wetlands and Soren KraghJacobsen’s The Hour Of The Lynx. The deal was negotiated between Weber and ICM Partners and Stacey Smith on behalf of Jarmusch.
Beta Films busy with Oscar hits By ANdrEAS WiSEmAN
German sales outfit Beta Films has inked a string of deals on its Oscar contenders Two Lives from Germany, The Notebook (Le Grand Cahier) from Hungary and Child’s Pose from Romania. Two Lives, starring Liv Ullmann and Juliane Köhler, has been picked up by CDI Films for Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, Strada Films for Greece and Swallow Wings for Taiwan. Janos Szasz’s The Notebook, based on Agota Kristof ’s anti-war story, will be released in Sweden and Denmark by Njutafilms, Portugal by Films4You, Taiwan by Catchplay and South Korea by Sponge. Argentina’s Alfa Films secured the rights to Berlinale winner Child’s Pose. Beta has also sold Still Life to France (Version Originale/Condor) among other territories.
rex animates $40m Serena
Olive raises a toast to new division Martini
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Rex Media has picked up worldwide sales at AFM for the $40m animation Serena. Berlin-based 3D animation and motion-capture studio Morro Images is producing and financing in conjunction with German tax subsidies alongside executive producer Barry Fromson’s UK film fund ESR Financial Management. Serena centres on a young girl exiled with her father to a mystical island where she must conquer a wicked witch. Morro Images co-founders Heiko Nemmert and Daniel von Braun direct and Rex Media head
George Lascu produces. “This is a full-length animated feature envisioned to be both entertaining and educational for family audiences around the world,” said Lascu, who has been showing footage here at the market. “We are also putting in place a number of marketing opportunities to develop sequels, educational games, books and toys, as well as TV/web series and interactive programming.” Nemmert and Braun added: “The story is set in a Renaissance world of scientific discoveries and a flourishing culture of art, history and literature.”
Olive Films used AFM to announce its new division — Martini Entertainment — and unveiled Eric D Wilkinson as executive vice-president of production, development and acquisitions. Wilkinson will develop and oversee all original productions for the new venture and handle acquisitions. He will work alongside longtime writing and producing partner Richard Schenkman. The pair co-wrote and are currently developing action horror Miscreation and ghost thriller Haunted.
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Hong Kong-based Universe Films has sold the Pang brothers’ Out Of Inferno, a $20m 3D firefighting action film, to TCC for South Korea, Metro Pictures for India and the Middle East, Borsalino for Latin American and L’Atelier d’Images for French-speaking Europe.
Bee flies to Germany Munich-based Studio 100 has sold stereoscopic 3D project Maya The Bee — Movie to Universum Film for German-speaking territories, Monolith Films for Poland, Karantanija for former Yugoslavia, Intersonic for Solvakia and Czech Republic, Shoval for Israel, TMC Film Yapink for Turkey and Shooting Stars for the Middle East.
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Female horror looms MPI/Dark Sky Films and XYZ Films are kicking off female horror anthology XX, with directors on board including Jennifer Lynch, Mary Harron, Karyn Kusama, Jovanka Vuckovic and Jen and Sylvia Soska.
Jinga gets Tender
Exclusive Media and Cuatro Plus Films’ thriller Dark Places (pictured) starring Charlize Theron has sold well, with deals closing with Mars for France and Remstar for Canada. Rights to the Gillian Flynn adaption have gone to Japan (CCC), Scandinavia (Svensk), Switzerland (Ascot Elite), South Africa (Nu Metro), Greece (Odeon), Iceland (Sam Films), Turkey, India and Pakistan (Tanweer), Bulgaria (Tandem), eastern Europe (Sold), Croatia, Slovenia and Serbia (Discovery), Czech Republic (AQS), Hungary and Romania (Prorom), Poland (Monolith), Russia/ Baltic states (West), South Korea (Noori) and Israel (United King). Deals also closed in Latin America (IDC), Middle East (Front Row), Indonesia (PT Amero), Malaysia (Universal Excel), Philippines (Captive), Hong Kong (Intercontinental), Thailand (M Pictures), Vietnam (Noori/Megastar), Singapore (Cathay), Taiwan (CMC), Southeast Asian TV (Fox/Star) and airlines/ships (Jaguar).
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Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights from UTA to Run & Jump, Steph Green’s directorial debut sold internationally by Global Screen. The cast features Maxine Peake, Sharon Horgan and Will Forte.
TrustNordisk gets on board mystery ride TrustNordisk has joined Mystery Ride, the debut feature of writer/ director Virginia Heath. Kelly Reilly will star alongside Sam Neill and Peter Mullan. The film is in preproduction. The story follows a woman who returns to the isolated town of Tarawera, New Zealand, after her unfaithful husband dies. She wants to clear his debts but unravels the mystery of a disappeared woman and reconnects with a brooding Maori man. Producers are Grant Keir from Faction North and Lene Bausager from Ugly Duckling Films. Randolph Paul is co-producer of the project, which is supported in development by New Zealand Film Commission and Creative Scotland. Heath previously directed award-winning short Relativity and she is currently shooting documentary Oursels As Ithers See Us. Wendy Mitchell
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clients whose VoD services will be powered by Cinehost’s technology, including Malaysia-based KRU Studios, Wide’s Eye On Films label, Russian arthouse distributor Cinema Without Frontiers, Hollywood-based House Of Films and sales outfit LevelK. Cinehost is led by CEO and cofounder Yan Vizinberg, co-founder Abigail Honor and vp of business development Douglas Graham.
Jinga Films has taken on Kate Shenton’s human-suspension documentary On Tender Hooks for its extreme label, UXB. Also, the company has sold Hansel And Gretel & The 4:20 Witch to Adler for Italy, Flashstar for Latin America and Thanks & Love for Korea.
Harris drawn to Booze Mark Harris is to lead the cast of crime-drama Booze from writerdirector Ray Burdis. Booze will shoot in early 2104.
Centipede to crawl again Archstone Distribution is selling The Human Centipede III here at AFM. The final episode of Tom Six’s trilogy stars Eric Roberts, Robert LaSardo, Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister, Bree Olson, Tom Six, Dieter Laser and Laurence R Harvey.
intandem adopts Top dog Intandem Films has come on board for sales of Martin Kemp’s Top Dog, a gang story currently shooting in London with a cast led by Leo Gregory.
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Return of the high flyer Italian distributor and producer Stefano Dammicco has pulled together an impressive 15-film slate for his new company, Adler Entertainment, in just six months. Melanie Goodfellow reports
eteran Italian distributor and producer Stefano Dammicco admits to feeling exhausted in a phone interview from his house overlooking Lake Como in northern Italy, which he has escaped to for a well-earned rest over the All Saints’ Day public holiday at the beginning of November. He has good reason to be tired. After a six-year break from the industry following the sale of film distribution and production powerhouse Eagle Pictures for a reported price tag of $114m in 2007, 56-year-old Dammicco is back in business with the recently created Adler Entertainment. In the six months since its launch in Cannes, the company has put together an impressive 15-title distribution slate featuring David Cronenberg’s Maps To The Stars; Terrence Malick’s Knight Of Cups; Mortdecai, starring Johnny Depp; Ridley Scott-produced Soviet-era child-murder mystery Child 44; serial-killer thriller Solace, starring Colin Farrell and Anthony Hopkins; and the revived John Gotti biopic Gotti, starring John Travolta. “We are working on doing the Gotti world premiere in Sicily… I’m serious,” says Dammicco, ever the showman. “Films like Mortdecai or Solace really hit my personal sweetspot — they are ‘Stefano films’ if you like — but we’re aiming for a wide-ranging slate. Our line-up includes pictures aimed at a young public, studio titles and films that I wouldn’t necessarily define as arthouse, but rather with Oscar potential.”
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The company will kick off its distribution operations with Paul Schrader’s The Canyons, which will hit some 150 screens across Italy on November 14, followed by the animation Free Birds, which will be released in 400 theatres on November 28. Dammicco has founded Adler with long-time Eagle Pictures collaborator Pete Maggi, and young entrepreneur Marco Colombo. The company has hired former Eagle Pictures head of theatrical Ernesto Grassi to oversee the line-up. The team is attending AFM. “Marco is really smart and on the ball. I see him as a future leader in this industry. He oversees the finances and strategy as well as the social media side of things, while Pete is looking after production and developing new projects,” explains Dammicco. “We are self-financed, which gives us an immense amount of freedom. It also means we can take a decision on an acquisition very quickly, in a matter of days. “The company is a start-up by definition but in reality it is the fruit of more than 25 years in the business,” adds Dammicco, who built Eagle Pictures into one of Italy’s most important film companies alongside brother Ciro Dammicco. “I can’t deny that I’d love to be 20 years younger but my enthusiasm and passion for the business are as strong as ever — it still gets my adrenaline running.” Adler unveiled its first line-up and some of its plans for the future ahead of the premiere of
‘We are selffinanced, which gives us an immense amount of freedom. We can take a decision on an acquisition in a matter of days’ Stefano Dammicco, Adler Entertainment
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Free Birds in Rome late last month, followed by a lavish party in the roof garden of the swanky Boscolo Exedra hotel. In a sign of how Dammicco’s Hollywood connections run deep despite a six-year absence from the market, FilmNation’s Glen Basner, Lionsgate’s Patrick Wachsberger and Relativity International’s Camela Galano attended the event. “They’re important figures in the business who I’ve worked with over many years, but they’re also great friends,” says Dammicco. “We don’t have an output deal at this time but rather a strong strategic relationship.” Italian guests include Venice and Rome film festival chiefs Alberto Barbera and Marco Müller as well as Rai Cinema CEO Paolo del Brocco and director Matteo Garrone. “The whole thing came together rather spontaneously. It was a fantastic evening. The theatre was full of kids eating popcorn. It reminded me of Toronto, which is one of my favourite festivals,” Dammicco says. Beyond US acquisitions, the company is developing a slate of four to five international productions and is open to acquisitions from territories around the world. Dammicco would also like to support Italian films with international scope. “We hope to open an office in London next year. It’s a key location, a crossroads between Europe and Asia. The market has changed, widened, and we can’t ignore that,” says Dammicco, whose producer credits under the Eagle Pictures banner included Save The Last Dance, Along Came A Spider and Chocolat. “There’s a lot more to come… this is s just the beginning.” ■
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On the Rise The team behind UK production outfit MoliFilms looks for films with heart and credibility, and the new EIS-funded slate includes its biggest project yet. By Andreas Wiseman
t’s very difficult to get a low-budget, artistically credible but commercially viable British film away, unless you’re Mike Leigh or Ken Loach,” says Brad Moore, executive at UK production outfit MoliFilms. “And their films are not even lowbudget any more.” As the company embarks on its fourth production, Moore says: “We have picked films with heart and artistic credibility and we’re trying to build a slate of projects that have commercial legs and longevity… We’re getting films made without sacrificing to the gangster pound.” UK gangster films and artistic credibility have not necessarily gone hand in hand in recent years. But with three promising features under its belt and a diversifying slate, UK production outfit MoliFilms hopes to break the mould. The company has backed three films to date: David Blair’s drama Best Laid Plans, starring Stephen Graham and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje; Rowan Athale’s BIFA-nominated debut and Toronto 2012 hit The Rise (formerly titled Wasteland), featuring Luke Treadaway, Vanessa Kirby and Timothy Spall; and Mo Ali’s upcoming actionthriller Montana starring Lars Mikkelsen, Adam Deacon, Ashley Walters and Michelle Fairley. Each film has sold to at least 10 international territories and achieved solid UK home entertainment revenue, with Montana shaping up to be the most commercially successful of the three. Salt is screening footage here at AFM.
Taking the EIS path The company was set up in 2009 by Mark Foligno, former MD of post-production house Molinare, and city financier-turned-producer Moore. It recently
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‘We felt the UK Enterprise Investment Scheme would provide a good bedrock for us’ Mark Foligno, MoliFilms
added company partner Gareth Maxwell Roberts — director of thriller The Mortician — and a stable of creative advisers including Song For Marion writer-director Paul Andrew Williams. The outfit — about to open a new London office — primarily funds its productions through the UK’s Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS), a UK tax relief for investment in small to medium-sized businesses. “EIS is a very good way of supporting start-ups,” says Foligno. “We felt it would provide a good bedrock for a company that wants to make $3m and below-budgeted, character-driven projects with commercial themes.” MoliFilms relies on a consortium of more than 100 individual financiers who invest in a slate of films: “Our investors come from all sorts of backgrounds,” explains Moore. “We try and find highnet-worth individuals who have a passion for film and who have some experience of being involved in start-up businesses. They invest in a slate of three films and we try to give them an experience in terms of getting them to set, events and screenings. It’s a hands-on shareholding in the company — it’s a lifestyle investment, to an extent.” But the company is not reliant solely on EIS: “We allocate some of our own equity on a film alongside another equity player, and maybe include a post-deal or a visual-effects deal,” adds Foligno. “We might look for mezzanine or gap financing above that. It depends on the film. And of course we add in the UK tax credit, which we’ve tapped on all our films. But the cornerstone of each film is the EIS equity.” Respected industry veteran Foligno, an executive producer on The King’s Speech and co-producer of Duncan Jones’ Moon, brings with him a wealth of contacts from his time at Molinare.
“Mark post-produced 175 films while he was at Molinare,” explains Moore. “He has an amazing network… Most of the smaller production companies working within the EIS structure don’t have the contacts that Mark has. They haven’t got 10 years at the heart of the business.”
Most ambitious project The outfit is now about to launch its second EIS slate, with grey-pound comedy Gran Theft Ortho a top priority. Written by UK TV presenter Nick Knowles with Jeremy Sheldon and John Miller, the script follows an elderly couple on a bank-robbing spree in the south-west of England after they are ripped off by a pension scheme. “We are moving towards shooting it in spring next year; it’s very well developed,” says Foligno, who describes the project as the company’s “most ambitious yet”, with an estimated budget of $8m. “It is a Full Monty for the period of austerity,” adds Moore. “The script really fights back. It’s uplifting, without a swear word in it.” Meanwhile, director Roberts is co-writing thriller Keller, about a disgraced New York City cop who becomes embroiled in a murky underworld when he arrives in London to repatriate the body of his recently deceased young son. “It’s a noir thriller,” says Roberts. “It’s in the £2m£3m [$3.2m-$4.8m] range, trying to replicate the Luc Besson/EuropaCorp model.” MoliFilms’ own model is taking shape; the next few films will confirm it. “We are evolving. If you don’t change you don’t survive, so we’ve adapted to the landscape,” concludes Roberts. “Fundamentally we just want to make good British films, whatever s the genre.” n
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Indian audience still also demands big stars and upcoming Fox Star productions include Tigmanshu Dhulia’s thriller Bullett Raja (set for a November release), and Sajid Khan’s comedy Humshakals (June, 2014), both starring Saif Ali Khan. They will be followed in October, 2014 by one of Bollywood’s most hotly anticipated releases — Bang Bang, a Hindi version of Fox’s Knight And Day and starring Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif. The studio is also financing Anurag Kashyap’s period drama Bombay Velvet, starring Ranbir Kapoor. Singh explains that both Jolly LLB and Bang Bang, although at opposite ends of the budget spectrum, represent the latest step in Fox Star’s local production strategy as both are fully fledged in-house productions.
Star system Fox Star Studios is scaling up with in-house productions and a Hindi version of a Hollywood film. Liz Shackleton spoke to the company’s CEO, Vijay Singh
ow in its fifth year of operation, Fox Star Studios has proved that it is possible for a US studio to enter the Indian market and achieve a consistent track record in local-language production. The joint venture between 20th Century Fox and broadcaster Star, both owned by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox, has delivered a string of hits during the past 18 months, most recently Vishesh Bhatt’s thriller sequel Murder 3 and Subhash Kapoor’s Jolly LLB, a satire set in the legal world that flourished without a big-name cast. Last year the company had hits with Rohit Shetty’s Bol Bachchan and
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two films co-produced with the Bhatt brothers’ Vishesh Films — Jannat 2 and Raaz 3. The studio is also enjoying success through releasing Hollywood productions — with a gross of $18m, Life Of Pi is now the second biggest US release in India behind Avatar, also a Fox release. “What we’ve learned from Jolly LLB is that the market is changing,” says Fox Star Studios CEO Vijay Singh, who has steered the studio since its 2008 launch, working with Fox International Productions chief Sanford Panitch. “Audiences are more receptive and seeking differentiated content — and it’s up to us as a studio to anticipate these trends and deliver product in tune with the changing consumer.” But he adds that the
‘We have been able to put together a project of the scale that four years back we would have drooled for’ Vijay Singh, Fox Star Studios
(Left) Subhash Kapoor’s Jolly LLB is a Fox Star in-house production
When the studio launched five years ago, it first built a pan-Indian distribution infrastructure through releasing Hollywood pictures; then acquired and distributed Karan Johar’s My Name Is Khan, which grossed $45m worldwide, to prove to the local industry that a US studio could add value both in India and overseas. “Having done that, we knew we couldn’t build a sustainable business only through acquisitions — we had to get into production,” says Singh. The studio started with co-productions, where it identified producers with strong projects and access to talent, and fully financed productions while splitting profits with the producer. “We identified like-minded producers with whom we could have a sensible conversation about risk and reward,” says Singh, adding that a cable and satellite output deal with Star helps to mitigate risk for Fox Star productions. After learning through co-productions such as Dum Maaro Dum and Force, the next step was to scale up and become a more dominant player by building creative teams and generating and managing its own productions. “We wanted to find subject matter that we believe in, and become involved right from the script stage to putting together the director and cast, and then producing the film,” explains Singh. Jolly LLB is the first result of this move and enabled the studio’s development and production teams to cut their teeth on a lower-budget film that nonetheless required careful positioning and marketing. Produced and marketed for less than $2m, Jolly LLB was released on around 700 screens and grossed $8m. “If we’d released it four years ago, it would have struggled, and wouldn’t have been released on 700 screens because the infrastructure wouldn’t have existed,” Singh explains. The studio’s next in-house production is bigbudget tentpole Bang Bang, directed by Siddharth Anand (Anjaana Anjaani), which has been filming in Thailand and Greece among other locations. Fox Star took the basic concept of 20th Century Fox’s Knight And Day, starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, and adapted it for the local market. The studio worked on the script for two years with writers such as Sujoy Ghosh, who wrote and directed Kahaani, and Suresh Nair, who worked on Kahaani and D-Day. “We have been able to put together a project of the scale that four years back we would have drooled for,” says Singh. While moving more towards its own productions, Fox Star will continue with its co-productions. In addition to Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet, co-produced with Phantom Films, the studio is also working on three further projects with Vishesh »
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Films. It will also continue to produce across all genres and budget ranges to tap into the on-going fragmentation of the Indian audience. The studio has also made a splash in Tamil-language production through a partnership with AR Murugadoss that has yielded three hits: Engaeyum Eppothum, Vathikuchi and most recently Raja Rani, released in September. It also signed a twopicture deal with Tamil producer CV Kumar’s Thirukumaran Entertainment. “It has been a fascinating two years working with the Tamil film industry,” says Singh. “The quality of the Tamil writers is terrific, which gives us opportunities to do [Hindi] remakes, and the other thing they do really well is launch a lot of new stars.” Singh adds that Bollywood has a lot to learn from the Tamil industry, which works on very tight budgets and produces films that are deeply rooted in their local culture. “Bollywood lost that about five years back, in my opinion, by looking towards Hollywood for inspiration, and one reason we’re having a resurgence is that we’ve started going back to our local roots in the Hindi heartland.” Outside of India, Fox Star’s international team works with 20th Century Fox International’s distribution offices in the US, UK and United Arab Emirates and has been working to increase
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FACTFILE VIJAY SINGH
■ Gained an MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies in 1977. ■ Worked at Tata Administrative Services, Walt Disney Consumer Products and Unilever group. ■ Set up Sony Music Entertainment India in 1996. ■ Moved to London to take up the post of managing director, developing markets for the Tetley group. ■ Joined Star India as president, strategy and corporate development in 2007. ■ Appointed CEO of Fox Star Studios India in 2008.
exports to non-traditional territories; Stanley Ka Dabba was recently released in Japan by local distributor Medallion Media. While the UK market for Hindi films has plateaued, Singh says the North American market is encouraging: “The profile of Indian expats is very young and tech-oriented but still very rooted in India. The new cinema coming out of India works well in the US and blockbusters work too.” Back at home, Singh believes the domestic Indian market will continue to grow due to the country’s young population, growing multiplex culture and, despite current economic hiccups, increasing wealth. “Even though we have a billion people, the biggest hits are still only seen theatrically by around 35-40 million people. The same film showing on Star reaches an audience of 150-200 mil-
lion. The future lies in getting those 200 million people into theatres.” And he adds that Hollywood should also be able to take a bigger slice of this expanding pie. He explains that around 50 million people in India have a disposable income and go to see movies on a regular basis — of which only around 10 million will turn up regularly to see Hollywood films. “The growth for Hollywood will come when those 10 million go up to 50 million,” say Singh. “More importantly there’s a quiet seeding programme that’s happening with young kids who are growing up with Hollywood content that is being dubbed and shown on TV. Ten years from now, when these kids are adults, we’ll have a large body of people who will be ready to move into the theatre to s see Hollywood films.” ■
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Drama. 122mins. Dir: Bernard Rose. Cast: David Garrett, Jared Harris, Joely Richardson, Veronica Ferres, Helmut Berger, Olivia d’Abo, Christian McKay. Beta Cinema.
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Drama/miography. 118mins. Dir: Andrzej Wajda. Cast: Robert Wieckiewicz, Agnieszka Grochowska, Maria Rosaria Omaggio. Films Distribution. 1970, Gdansk. The communist authorities bloodily repress a workers’ protest. Among them Lech Walesa, a shipyard worker who tries to deal with daily problems with his wife Danuta. Rejecting the rules, he soon leads a revolution that will end up not only toppling a dictatorship in Poland, but eating away at the crumbling edifice of the Soviet empire. fairmont 4
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In the early 1830s Niccolo Paganini, the great virtuoso violinist, takes Paris by storm. In his native Italy it is said that to play with such virtuosity, Paganini must have sold his soul to the devil. aMC santa Monica 3
Thierry Ragobert. Cast: Le Pacte. A 3D odyssey into the world’s biggest rainforest: the Amazon. After a plane crash, Sai, a Capuchin monkey born and raised in captivity, finds himself alone and lost in the wilderness of the Amazon jungle. Unprepared, the little monkey feels helpless with the sudden freedom. Facing a new world in which dense and luxuriant vegetation covers everything, Sai has to find his way and protect himself from the traps nature has laid out. aMC santa Monica 7
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Family/comedy. 90mins. Dir: Hannes Holm. Cast: Morgan Alling, Anja Lunqvist, William Ringstrom. Sola Media. It’s a family tradition for the Anderssons to spend
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the summer vacation in a trailer on Mosquito Island. Father Rudolph, a penny-pinching, hardworking tax accountant is well aware his wife and three children can’t bear the thought of going there again. When his boss offers him the chance to attend a conference in Greece and allows him to take the whole family at the company’s expense, Rudolph makes a big scene announcing the change of holiday plans to his family who, for once, treat him like a hero. Just as everyone starts to repack and make last minute shopping plans, Rudolph receives a call from his boss who cancels the trip to Greece. Rudolph reluctantly digs deep into his own pocket and the family embarks on a turbulent adventure into completely foreign territory. fairmont 1
Thriller/sci-fi. 88mins. Dir: James Ward Byrkit. Cast: Nicholas Brendon, Emily Foxler. Independent. Four couples meet on the night a mysterious celestial object passes overhead, creating a mind-bending puzzle that traps the guests in an altered reality. aMC santa Monica 4
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Christopher Livingston. Cast: Tom Arnold, Fabio. Red Sea Media.
Romance. 190mins. Dir: Ned Benson. Cast: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, William Hurt, Viola Davis, Isabelle Huppert, Ciaran Hinds, Bill Hader. Myriad Pictures. Eleanor and Conor are young, in love, and eager to start building their life together, when a tragic event threatens to destroy everything that they hold close to their hearts. As they struggle to cope, Eleanor and Conor discover within themselves and each other a strength and a capacity for forgiveness that may keep their love – and dreams – alive.
Supernatural thriller. 90mins. Dir: Tobe Hooper. Cast: Razane Jammal, Khalid Laith, Aiysha Hart, Carole Abboud, Abdullah Al Junaibi. Fortissimo Films. A young Emirati couple move into a new luxury high-rise apartment, only to find they have entered the nightmarish world of Djinn, supernatural beings from Arabic lore.
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Documentary. 90mins. Dir: Emmanuel Itier. Cast: Sharon Stone, Maria Bello, Jean Houston, Marianne Williamson, Gloria Steinmen, Nobel Peace Prize Laureates. Vision Films. An inspirational voyage that focuses on the most important and influential women around the world, in daily life, and through religion, spirituality, science, history, politics, philosophy and entertainment, and shows how women are transforming and healing our planet. fairmont 3
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Documentary. 80mins. Dir: Adam Gray, Andrew Gray. Cast: Colton-Harris Moore. Stealth Media Group. Teenage outlaw Colton Harris-Moore, who had never been on a plane before, hot-wired a Cessna and flew over 600km before crashing in a field and vanishing into the wilderness. That was only the beginning…
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Drama/sci-fi/romance. 101mins. Dir: Kevin Macdonald. Cast: Saoirse Ronan, George Mackay, Tom Holland. Protagonist Pictures. Daisy, a teenage New Yorker, is sent to England one summer to stay with the cousins she has never met. Initially resentful, she soon immerses herself in a dreamy, pastoral idyll as she falls madly in love. But this perfect summer is blown apart by the sudden outbreak of a war none of them understands. The family is separated and Daisy is forced to embark on a terrifying journey to be reunited with the boy she loves. broadway 2
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Horror. 80mins. Dir: Alfredo Montero. Cast: Marcos Ortiz, Marta Castellote, Jorge Paez Paez, Eva Garcia, Xoel Fernandez. Filmax International. Formentera white-sand beaches, the crystal clear Mediterranean sea, unspoilt natural beauty and five friends looking forward to the holiday of their lives in this idyllic location. On their second day on the island, the friends discover a hidden cave nestled into the side
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Seater. Breakthrough Entertainment. About two best-friend finance grads who embark on a crazy mission to stop an investment bank from closing a crooked deal involving student loans.
of a cliff and decide to go in and explore it. Filled with excitement and adrenalin, the friends start to make their way through the countless passageways that make up the cave. Before long, they realise they are lost.
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Animation. 95mins. Dir: Mathias Malzieu, Stephane Berla. Cast: Mathias Malzieu, Olivia Ruiz, Emily Loizeau, Rossy De Palma, Babet , Arthur H, Jean Rochefort, Grand Corps Malade. EuropaCorp. Edinburgh, late 19th century. Little Jack is born on a day so cold that his heart remains frozen. In her house on top of a big hill, Madeleine the midwife replaces the defective organ with a cuckoo clock. It will work, she warns him, as long as Jack doesn’t touch the hands of the clock, doesn’t lose his temper and, above all, doesn’t fall in love. But Jack’s encounter with a fiery-eyed little girl singing on a street corner and his decision to chase after her across Europe test the resistance of his makeshift heart to breaking point. Broadway 4
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Thriller/drama/suspense. 96mins. Dir: Josh C Waller. Cast: David Morse, Cory Monteith, Mike Vogel, Ciaran Hinds, Tracie Thoms, Rachel Nichols. Bleiberg Entertainment. When narcotics detective Eugene ‘Mack’ McCanick discovers that a seemingly harmless young criminal, Simon Weeks, has been released from prison, it triggers a firestorm of paranoia and violence. Mack and his partner, Floyd, mercilessly hunt down Weeks for unknown reasons over the course of one long, hot day. The closer Mack gets to his prey, the more we understand that his frenzy stems from a truth from the past, which only Weeks can expose. loews 1
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Historical/biography. 120mins. Dir: Thomas Imbach. Cast: Camille Rutherford, Mehdi Dehbi, Sean Biggerstaff, Aneurin
Barnard. Picture Tree International. A queen who lost three kingdoms. A wife who lost three husbands. A woman who lost her head. ocean
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Drama. 109mins. Dir: Kjell-Ake Andersson. Cast: Mikael Persbrandt, Ping Mon H Wallen, Saga Samuelsson. Svensk Filmindustri. After her parent’s sudden divorce, Lisa stays to live with her father. Despite his self-medication with alcohol, their relationship grows stronger every day. They are each others best friends and they share a conviction: the idea that all people are of equal value. But as Lisa grows older she is torn between shame and loyalty. Her father is sinking deeper and deeper into alcoholism and one day she is forced to choose – leave him or go under herself.
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Thriller. 100mins. Dir: Stanley Brooks. Cast: Abigail Breslin, Georgie Henley, Mira Sorvino. Recreation. Based on a true story about two sisters who plot a vicious revenge against
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Comedy. 94mins. Dir: John Butler. Cast: Hugh O’Conor, Andrew Scott, Peter McDonald, Amy Huberman, Brian Gleeson, Michael Legge. Metro International Entertainment. A very modern groomto-be reluctantly agrees to a stag weekend with his urbane friends, wild camping in the great outdoors of the west of Ireland. To their horror they are joined by the bride’s unpredictable brother, an alpha male known as ‘The Machine’ whose explosive personality and wild leadership takes them on a journey they’ll never forget. laemmle 1
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Action/adventure/ historical/romance. 119mins. Dir: Sergey Zhigunov. Cast: Rinal Mukhametov, Yuri Chursin, Alexei Makarov,
Pavel Barshak. Planeta Inform. A modern look at Alexandre Dumas’ Musketeers rich with new striking twists. Doubletree 1
Action/adventure. 100mins. Dir: Christophe Offenstein. Cast: Francois Cluzet, Guillaume Canet, Samy Seghir, Virginie Efira. Gaumont. Yann Madec, long-time first mate of Franck Drevil, the star skipper of Global System Insurance, sees his dream come true when he replaces the injured Franck at the last minute for the start of Vendee Globe. Nine days into the race and leading, Yann is forced to stop in Cap Verde to repair his broken centre-board. Back in the race, Yann discovers a stowaway on board, a Senegalese teenager named Moussa. AMC Santa Monica 6
Supernatural thriller. 97mins. Dir: Denis Iliadis. Cast: Rhys Wakefield, Ashley Hinshaw, Logan Miller, Natalie Hall. Sierra/ Affinity. When the party of the decade is disrupted by a mysterious phenomenon, the evening quickly
descends into violent chaos.
Thriller. 106mins. Dir: Matthew Saville. Cast: Joel Edgerton, Tom Wilkinson, Jai Courtney, Melissa George. The Solution Entertainment Group. Three detectives become embroiled in a tense struggle after a tragic accident that leaves a child in critical condition. One is guilty of a crime, one will try to cover it up, and the other attempts to expose it. How far will these men go to disguise and unravel the truth? AMC Santa Monica 1
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Thriller/suspense. 89mins. Dir: Patxi Amezcua. Cast: Ricardo Darin, Belen Rueda. Film Factory Entertainment. A day like any other. Marcelo leaves his ex’s apartment, number 7-E, to take his kids to school. The kids challenge him to a game of “see who gets there first”. They’ll go down the stairs and as he reaches the first floor, he realises that there’s no sign of the kids. They have disappeared inside the building. It is then that Marcelo begins his desperate search to find his kids. laemmle 4
Action/adventure/ martial arts/sci-fi. 95mins. Dir: Mamat Khalid. Cast: Farid Kamil, Jehan Miskin, Peter Davis. Birch Tree Entertainment. Rival gangs fight for pride and ego in a world destroyed by chemical warfare. loews 2
Comedy. 81mins. Dir: Jeff Stephenson. Cast: Alan Thicke, Laura Vandervoort, Michael
Comedy/action/ adventure. 97mins. Dir: Goran Kalezic. Cast: Victor Altomare, Robert Davi, Stacy Keach, Nick Mancuso. Imageworks Entertainment International. Joe is a lovable ex-con who has just been released from prison. Officer Curry and Katy Sim are intent on finding the stolen money he stashed before his incarceration. Joe proves equally determined to locate his missing niece, Shawna. With the clock counting down, he looks for answers about her disappearance before it’s too late. Why did Detective Pendell stop looking for Shawna? Who has been following him since he left prison and what costume should he wear next? With the help of his friend Max and myriad disguises, Joe delves deep into an underworld of corruption to uncover the truth. Broadway 2
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Sci-fi/horror. 89mins. Dir: Paul Hough. Cast: Eddie McGee, Paul McCarthy-Boyington, Thista Robinson. Jinga Films. Eighty people are abducted from a city street »
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by an unknown entity and forced to participate in a brutal race to the death. The rules are simple: step on the grass and you die; get lapped twice and you die. There can only be one winner, but who will survive and for what purpose?
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Thriller. 90mins. Dir: Kelly Dolen. Cast: Jamie Bamber. Little Film Company. Convinced the justice system needs to change, One man stands up to protect society from violent crime. How does he do it? By killing people… lots of people. fairmont 3
Action/adventure/thriller. 115mins. Dir: Richard Gray. Cast: John Corbett, Justin Long, Gina Gershon, Jerry O’Connell, Scottie Thompson, Gillian Jacobs, Luis Guzman. Arclight Films. When Sadie’s death jeopardises a major deal, Bobby and Frank set out to find a replacement… a lookalike to fool the big guns into paying big bucks. The crazy search propels an ex-basketball champion, a gossip writer, a coke addict and a deaf beauty into an unlikely romance and a desperate quest to seal the deal. fairmont 1
Horror. 90mins. Dir: Robert Figueras. Cast: Melina Matthews, Ariadna Cabrol, Mark Schardan, Luka Peros, Geraldine Chaplin, Tony Corvillo, Joseph Segui, Richard Felix. Stealth Media Group. In the dark forests of the Pyrenees, an Archaeology PhD student and three friends in search for pieces of art stolen during the Second World War discover a Nazi bunker called ‘Valhalla’. They soon realise that the place is guarded by a hideous beast named Das Kommandant Frank, and find themselves running for their lives. fairmont 4
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Romantic comedy. 96mins. Dir: Sam Garbarski. Cast: Moritz Bleibtreu, Patricia Arquette, Danny Prudi. The Match Factory. Will Wilder is sulking because it seems his family and friends have forgotten his 40th birthday. And now everyone believes that he’s dead after his
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Drama/comedy. 100mins. Dir: Raymond De Felitta. Cast: Michael Pitt, Nina Arianda, Andy Garcia, Ray Romano. The Exchange. Chronicles the lives of a real-life Bonnie and Clyde who made the bold move to rob and humiliate some of New York City’s most powerful mobsters.
stolen car is involved in a bad accident. Life couldn’t be worse for a talented New York actor already frustrated by his demeaning role as the green Bad Luck Bunny on a children’s TV show. Will decides to fulfill a fantasy and attend his own funeral to find out what everyone truly thinks of him. ocean
Cast: Michael Biehn, Anderson Silva, Krzysztof Soszynski, Martin Kove, Cody Hackman. Screen Media. A disgruntled teenager, sent to do community service at a rundown karate school enters an MMA tournament to face the man that killed his parents. fairmont 2
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Drama. 82mins. Dir: Neil LaBute. Cast: Stanley Tucci, Alice Eve. International Film Trust. Acclaimed writer/director Neil LaBute continues his exploration of male and female relationships with this bold and surprising new drama.
Drama. 87mins. Dir: Stephen Brown. Cast: Ciaran Hinds, Charlotte Rampling, Rufus Sewell. Independent. The story of a man who returns to the sea where he spent his childhood summers in search of peace following the death of his wife.
Drama. 105mins. Dir: Allan Ungar.
Thriller. 101mins. Dir: Alejandro Ezcurdia.
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Cast: Raul Merida, Sara Salamo. DeAPlaneta International. Guillermo is a marketing student whose true passion is surfing. He can’t stop thinking about Daniela, a fine arts student passionate about photography. But when he finds a roll of film with several intriguing images, he starts out on a dangerous investigation to discover the story behind them in order to impress Daniela.
Four very unequal children are chosen to become the new soap box racing team to compete at the secret “Castle”, where all the world champions of racing have participated when they were kids. A selective group of boys and one girl have nothing in common but their passion for cars and racing. Their first big challenge is to unite as a team by becoming friends, only then they will have a chance of winning.
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Drama. 92mins. Dir: Hannah Espia. Cast: Irma Adlawan, Jasmine Curtis. Electric Entertainment. Weaves together the stories of one Filipino family living in Tel Aviv under the threat of a new deportation law. When the Israeli government begins deporting children of migrant workers, Janet, a domestic worker on an expired visa, struggles to hide her half-Israeli daughter, Yael, a rebellious teenager caught up in a juvenile romance, and Joshua, a four-year-old boy left in her care.
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Thriller/suspense/drama. 91mins. Dir: Simon Hawkins, Zeke Hawkins. Cast: Mackenzie Davis, Logan Huffman, Jeremy Allen White, William Devane, Jon Gries, Mark Pellegrino. Lightning Entertainment Group. With his best pal Bobby and his girlfriend Sue getting ready to leave town for college, troublemaker BJ steals money from his boss, Giff, so he can treat his friends to a wild weekend of partying. Unfortunately, the stolen money belonged to a dangerous gangster known as Big Red. The three teens are forced to rob a local money-laundering front to settle their debt. laemmle 2
Horror/thriller. 106mins. Dir: Greg McLean. Cast: John Jarratt. Darclight. Lured by the promise of an authentic Australian holiday, backpackers Rutger, Katarina and Paul visit the notorious Wolf Creek crater. Their dream Outback adventure soon becomes a horrific reality when they encounter the site’s most infamous local, the last man any traveller to the vast and isolated region ever wants to meet, Mick Taylor. As the backpackers flee, Mick pursues them on an epic, white knuckled rampage across hostile wasteland. Only one will remain to be dragged back to his lair to witness the true magnitude of his monstrosity. And if the last man standing is to have any hope of surviving where no one has survived before, he’ll have to use every ounce of cunning to outwit the man behind the monster, and become every bit as ruthless as the monster inside the man. AMC Santa Monica 2
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Action/adventure. 105mins. Dir: Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Cast: Kyle Catlett, Helena Bonham-Carter, Callum Keith Rennie, Judy Davis. Gaumont. TS Spivet is a 12-yearold child prodigy with a passion for cartography and scientific inventions. One day he receives an unexpected call from the Smithsonian announcing he has won the Baird award for the discovery of the perpetual motion machine, and is invited to make a speech. Unbeknown to all, he decides to head for Washington DC crossing the US on a freight train… but no one at the Smithsonian has any idea that he is only a child. AMC Santa Monica 3
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Drama. 88mins. Dir: Rob Meyer. Cast: Ben Kingsley, Kodi SmitMcPhee, Katie Chang. Screen Media. David Portnoy, a 15-year-
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old birding fanatic, thinks that he’s made the discovery of a lifetime. So, on the eve of his father’s remarriage, he escapes on an epic road trip with his best friends to solidify their place in birding history. Fairmont 3
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Mystery/suspense. 90mins. Dir: Christian Eklow, Christopher Panov. Cast: Ola Rapace, Tuva Novotny, Linus Wahlberg, Katia Winter. Svensk Filmindustri. It is Christmas Eve, and in the vicarage a sumptuous Christmas table is waiting for the vicar and his guests. Then there is a knock on the door. Blond and beautiful Barbara Sandell announces that her husband is missing. He is found murdered in his own country store and all of a sudden the vicarage and the village is filled with police, photographers and forensic expert. Village gossip tears at old wounds while the mystery surrounding the crimes thickens. This is turning into a Christmas that the peaceful village will never forget. Broadway 1
Comedy/musical. 100mins. Dir: James Griffiths. Cast: Nick Frost, Rashida Jones, Chris O’Dowd, Olivia Colman. Studiocanal. Poised to sweep the floor at the UK Junior Salsa Championships, 13-yearold Bruce Garrett has fire in his heels and the world at his feet… until a freakish bullying incident robs him of his confidence and his life is diverted down a very different path. So it is that 22 years later Bruce finds himself outof-shape, unloved and well and truly wedged in his “comfort zone”. It takes Julia, his smart, funny, gorgeous new American boss, to shake him from his emotional stupor and force him to reexamine his dull, passionless existence. laemmle 2
and former colleagues who are not retired from the lucrative business. Struggling to keep on the right side of the law, Miles meets the one girl of his dreams but she’s not the usual type of girl that he’s used to dating. Vanessa is a church girl in every sense of the word. They are tested to their last ounce of faith and strength in God and each other.
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Action/adventure. 94mins. Dir: Brian A. Miller. Cast: Jason Patric, James Caan, Craig Fairbrass, Shannon Elizabeth. Premiere Entertainment Group. About a British military contractor who is told his daughter has died. When he arrives in Los Angeles and discovers the body is not hers, he goes after the internet fraudster who abducted her and breaks havoc through the city of Los Angeles until he rescues her.
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Animation. 82mins. Dir: Luc Vinciguerra. Gaumont. Nicholas is the new Santa Claus – with a gigantic toy factory to manage and billions of presents to make, it’s a huge responsibility for a seven-year-old boy. Too huge, in fact, and he comes down with a case of “grownupallosis”, a disease in children who want to grow up too
soon. When it strikes a Santa Claus, grownupallosis is deadly – it infects the toys and spreads around the world, putting the very spirit of Christmas in danger. The Council of Retired Santas is obliged to suspend Nicholas and nominate a substitute Santa to manage the factory. To get his job back, Nicholas will have to find the light-heartedness, inspiration and carefree fun of the childhood he’s lost.
Ephraim, the youngest of five brothers all with biblical names, asks his 10 year-old classmate, Carla, to marry him when they both turn 18. Eight years later, who would have thought that Spain would be playing the World Soccer Championship finals in South Africa precisely on their wedding day. Ephraim will reunite his family on this day of national catharsis and with the entire country paralysed by the game, each family member will be confronted with the most challenging match of their lives: accepting who they are and where they come from.
Comedy/drama. 102mins. Dir: Daniel Sanchez Arevalo. Cast: Antonio De La Torre, Quim Gutierrez, Veronica Echegui, Roberto Alamo, Miquel Fernandez. Film Factory Entertainment.
Action/adventure/ animation/fantasy. 83mins. Dir: Gun Ho Jang. Cast: Alfred Molina, Anna Torv, Thomas Jane. TriCoast Worldwide. Based on the best-selling
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game ‘Heavenly Sword’. Nariko’s clan has long protected the Heavenly Sword, a god’s blade of immense power that drains its wielder of their life force. A power-hungry ruler known as the evil King Bohan seeks to obtain the sword to gain its devastating power. As the impending apocalypse nears, how long can Nariko resist the sword’s deadly curse?
Family/children’s/ animation. 80mins. Dir: Thomas Szabo, Helene Giraud. Cast: Ladybug. Futurikon. In a peaceful little clearing, the remains of a picnic hastily abandoned spark warfare between two tribes of ants. A bold young ladybug finds himself caught in the middle of the battle. He bedfriends one of the black ants, Mandible, and helps him save the anthill from the assault of the terrible red ant warriors, let by the fearful Butor. A fantastic journey at ground level.
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supernatural thriller. 86mins. Dir: Michael Oblowitz. Cast: Rumer Willis, Taylor Cole, Toby Hemingway, Ryan Donowho, Billy Zane, Holt McCallany, Dominic Purcell. Bleiberg Entertainment. Four psychology students gather in a secluded house over a weekend to try the Ganzfeld Experiment, a test of their potential extrasensory perception (ESP) abilities. In doing so, they lose touch with what is and isn’t real as their senses betray them and they find themselves asking: what if you can’t forget that what you could not remember?
Documentary. 87mins. Dir: Sebastian Junger. Cast: Battle Company. Goldcrest Films International. Academy Award nominee Restrepo chronicled the lives of US Soldiers in Afghanistan. Using never before seen footage we return to B Company in the Korengal Valley.
Drama. 90mins. Dir: Steve Race. Cast: Jeff Atkins, Adrienne Bailon. Mission Pictures International. Miles Montego is a retired drug trafficker who is now completely legitimate. Even though Miles has turned over a new leaf, the DEA can’t seem to let him out of their sights. Miles’ only downfall is that he is extremely loyal to his circle of friends
Animation. 80mins. Dir: Toshiaki Komura. Cast: Sayuri Yoshinaga, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Kenichi Matsuyama, Kiyokazu Kanze, Nana Mizuki, Tetsuo Waraimeshi. Toei Company. Fairmont 1
Documentary. 80mins. Dir: Lina Chamie. Cast: Fernando Alves Pinto. Cinema do Brasil. Sao Silvestre is the most famous Brazilian street race, held annually in Sao Paulo on December 31. Fairmont 4
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Horror. 105mins. Dir: Mike Flanagan. Cast: Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Katee Sackhoff. Focus Features International. About two damaged siblings who witnessed their parents’ gruesome demise when very young. At long last they reunite as adults to destroy the real culprit: the Lasser Glass – a legendary haunted mirror their family once owned.
Animation. 84mins. Dir: Leon Joosen, Aaron Seelman. Cast: Martin Freeman, Tim Curry, Tim Conway, Pam Ferris, with Ashley Tisdale, and Joan Collins. Cinema Management Group. At the top of the North Pole, Bernard is an elf in Santa’s workshop who’s always messing up. One morning, after sleeping in late, Santa kindly shows Bernard the oh-sosecret time machine on his sleigh, which almost no one knows about. Suddenly, Bernard finds army commandos raiding the North Pole, demanding to know the location of his coveted time machine. If the world were to discover the exact location and existence of the North Pole, it would ruin Christmas for everyone. .
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Supernatural Thriller. 96mins. Dir: Devin McGinn. Cast: Jon Gries, Kyle Davis, Erin Cahill, Devin McGinn, Matt Rocheleau. Highland Film Group. A scientific research team investigates and documents the supernatural events surrounding the disappearance of a cattle rancher’s 10-year-old son. Based on the true story of Skinwalker Ranch, which shocked the paranormal community around the world.
Action/adventure/family. 100mins. Dir: Nicolas Vanier. Cast: Felix Bossuet, Tcheky Karyo, Margaux Chatelier, Dimitri Storoge. Gaumont. The encounter between a lonely child and a wild dog caught up in the Second World War. laemmle 1
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Drama. 100mins. Dir: David Mackenzie. Cast: Jack O’Connell, Ben Mendelsohn, Rupert Friend. Independent. A violent young man is thrust into the dark world of an adult prison. As he struggles to assert himself amid its competing systems, and against the presence of a father he scarcely knows, Eric learns that shame and rage can be overcome. But there are forces at work determined to deny him his identity, and his very life.
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Drama. 98mins. Dir: Gina Kim. Cast: Michelle Yeoh, Henry Lau, Chin Han. CJ Entertainment. Hao’s only hope is that his grandson Mark enters a prestigious university but Mark’s dream is to follow his grandfather’s footsteps
and become a chef and take over the restaurant. Due to Hao’s difficult personality, the restaurant is on the verge of bankruptcy. In order to save the restaurant, Mark enters a cooking contest in Shanghai, without his grandfather’s knowledge or consent. aMc Santa Monica 7
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Drama/comedy. 100mins. Dir: Daniele Luchetti. Cast: Kim Rossi Stuart, Micaela Ramazzotti, Martina Friederike Gedeck. Celluloid Dreams/Celluloid Nightmares. Young Dario, movie camera in hand, captures the events that will forever change his family’s destiny. Guido, a narcissistic artist, dreams of becoming a celebrated artist, while his wife Serena only seems to care about everybody else’s happiness. He finds his world turned upside down in the wake of a disastrous exhibition and his wife’s extra-marital inclinations. laemmle 1
Horror. 80mins. Dir: Jordan Barker. Cast: Robin Dunne, Katie Isabelle. Filmax International. Newlyweds Sarah and
Cory Morgan have decided to take a relaxing holiday with Cory’s seven-yearold son Liam to try and smooth over some of the teething problems Liam is having with his new Mom. Despite the idyllic location of Cory’s isolated and luxurious country house, the family soon realise they have made a mistake in going there: someone’s been using the house in their absence. broadway 4
Horror/action/adventure/ sci-fi. 90mins. Dir: Jesse Dayton. Cast: Lew Temple, Malcolm McDowell, Sid Haig, Corey Feldman. VMI Worldwide. In a post-Katrina New Orleans, the residents are no longer experiencing the depression and posttraumatic stress from the hurricane and the flood, thanks to the revolutionary
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new anti-depressant, Zombex. Just as things are turning for the better, the side effect of the drug is revealed, and turns the patients into the walking dead. loews 1
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Family. 90mins. Dir: Jonathan Meyers. Cast: Luke Perry, Armand Assante, Leonor Varela. VMI Worldwide. When an expert horseman suffers a traumatic accident with his top horse, he overcomes his injury with the help of a young girl who helps rehabilitate him and the horse, Fandango. Fairmont 5
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Drama. 90mins. Dir: Gia Milani. Cast: Cory Monteith, Kevin Zegers, Emily Hampshire, Karine Vanesse. Myriad Pictures.
A heart-warming story about a group of strangers with nothing in common but their secrets. They form an unlikely friendship while working together at a big-box department store. While they focus on the oftenmundane, often-absurd day-to-day activities at the store, they get to know each other and discover they have more in common than they realised. broadway 1
Horror. 100mins. Dir: Jarret Tarnol. Cast: Reece Thompson, Rebekah Brandes. Darclight. After years of yearning for the girl next door, Artie finally builds the courage to woo her… only to find out the girl of his dreams and best friend, April, is moving away – sending Artie into a deep depression. Three years later, the emptiness subsides and the lion inside tells Artie to “go find April and make her yours”. Empowered and eager to find April, Artie crashes his car on the way… and wakes up a week later in the middle of a zombie outbreak. Now it’s up to Artie and his ever-growing courage to find April – no matter what cannibalistic creature steps in his way. Fairmont 3
Comedy. 110mins. Dir: Andrew Wessels. Cast: David Kau, Joey Rasdien, Chris Forrest. Picture Tree International. Chronicles the adventures of Rummy Augustine and his partner, Ace Dikolobe, police officers who have had the misfortune of being stationed in a littleknown depot in the belly of the Johannesburg CBD. Rummy is bogged down with trying to start a family and an overbearing motherin-law who just won’t move out. The overzealous Ace, on the other hand, can think of nothing better to do in the morning than to put on his “lucky” bulletproof vest and head out to kick some bad guy ass. While in a poor white neighbourhood, trying to solve yet another small-time crime, Rummy and Ace, along with their inept sniper colleagues, accidentally stumble upon a massive drug haul. laemmle 3
Horror/thriller. 85mins. Dir: Kit Ryan. Cast: Sam Robertson, Vincent Regan, Kal Penn, Geoff Bell. Stealth Media Group. Frustrated with the social injustice he must face every day and the bureaucratic culture of the office he works in Edward Arkham is at boiling point. Although successful in his job, working for a leading IT consultancy, years of routine have taken their toll, his work now seeming so unbearably monotonous, fueling his frustration and bitterness. When Edward is stung by a mysterious bug, it results in a painful and aggressive rash. It also unlocks the door to a secret world inside his
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Animation. 106mins. Dir: Juan Jose Campanella. Cast: Juan Jose Campanella. Film Factory Entertainment. Tells the story of Amadeo, a shy but talented boy, and of a football team that is trying to get back together after having been dismantled. aMc Santa Monica 5
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Comedy. 87mins. Dir: Nick Nevern. Cast: Jason Maza, Nick Nevern, Tom Burke, Steven O’Donnell, Josef Altin. Altitude Film Sales. Dex, Danny and The Hooligan Factory travel the length of the country on a mission to re-establish their firm’s glory days. The police are closing in but with Danny on their side, and Dex finding his old form, who knows where this may lead. After all, it’s a funny old game. aMc Santa Monica 6
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Mystery/sci-fi/drama. 92mins. Dir: Richie Mehta. Cast: Haley Joel Osment, Gillian Anderson, Rufus Sewell. Breakthrough Entertainment. After the disappearance of a scientist on a business trip, his wife and son struggle to cope – only to make a bizarre discovery years later, one that might bring him home. Fairmont 4
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Comedy. 83mins. Dir: Lance Daly. Cast: Kelly Thornton, Fionnula Flanagan, Pat Shortt. Magnolia Pictures. About a family struggling to stay afloat and stay together through hard times in Ireland. broadway 4
107mins. Dir: Josh Bear. Cast: Michael Madsen, Brina Palencia, Andy San Dimas, Adam Sessler. Madisonian Films. As the staff of Good Friends Church Camp prepares for a spring break filled with “Fun Under the Son”, a demon logger rises from his sap boiler to feast on flapjacks soaked in the blood of his victims.
Horror. 90mins. Dir: Bobcat Goldthwait. Cast: Alexie Gilmore, Bryce Johnson. Kaleidoscope Film Distribution. Edge-of-your-seat horror that will make you think twice before going into the woods. fairmont 1
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Thriller. 99mins. Dir: Jorge Dorado. Cast: Mark Strong, Taissa Farmiga, Brian Cox. Studiocanal. About a man with an extraordinary ability to enter people’s minds and manipulate their memory. When he takes on the case of a brilliant troubled teenager, he winds up in a dangerous game of seduction and betrayal that spirals out of control. AMC Santa Monica 2
Drama/thriller/mystery. 90mins. Dir: Riccardo Paoletti. Cast: Daisy Keeping, David Brandon. Rai Trade. While visiting Italy, a teenage US girl meets the souls of her brothers and sisters. She discovers they had been used by her surgeon father as a reserve for organs to be transplanted into his bestloved daughter afflicted by a rare disease. Broadway 3
Romance/drama. 90mins. Dir: Elaine Constantine. Cast: Elliot James Langridge, Josh Whitehouse, Antonia Thomas, Steve Coogan, Lisa Stansfield, Ricky Tomlinson. Little Film Company. Burnside, Lancashire is a shithole. No longer satisfied with the prospect of a deadend factory job, John and Matt dream of finding the American soul record that will make them famous DJs. But the intensity of their rivalry changes their lives forever. ocean
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Erotic/drama. 100mins. Dir: Jean_Louis Daniel. Cast: Xin Wang, Marie Fevrier, Elena Kuletskaya. Wide. Xin is a beautiful and quiet Chinese girl, propelled from the slums of Shanghai to the Dir: James Erskine. Cast: Marco Pantani. Goldcrest Films International. Marco Pantani took cycling by storm when he won both the Giro D’Italia and the Tour De France – a feat not since matched. Just six years later, Pantani was found dead in a cheap hotel room. This film charts his meteoric ascent to the top of his sport and the darker side of the sport that led to his tragic downfall. laemmle 2
Romantic comedy. 105mins. Dir: Mariana Chenillo. Cast: Andres Alameida, Daniela Rincon. Mundial. Carmen and Alfredo live a happy, quiet life in the suburbs surrounded by friends and family. After Alfredo receives a promotion, the two move away to Mexico City where they immediately feel the social pressure of being overweight in a bustling metropolis full of beautiful people. Taking
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glittering world of Paris as a photographic model. Her life is a whirlwind of drugs, money, sex and love. Paris, the famous “City of Light”, is also a giant meat market, producing and discarding young hopefuls at a terrifying speed. loews 2
the initiative, Carmen convinces her husband to join her in losing weight, but their relationship is put to the test when Alfredo’s programme yields far better results than Carmen’s. tunnel post 1
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Romantic comedy. 96mins. Dir: Jeremiah Chechik. Cast: Ryan Kwanten, Sara Canning, Catherine O’Hara. WestEnd Films. Tells the story of Leo Palamino, a writer forced to wash dishes to make ends meet, and whose ex-wife makes his many flaws public in a blog called Why You Suck. When Leo meets Colette, the girl of his dreams at a wedding – her wedding – he will do anything to win her over. And so the ultimate underdog love story begins in which Leo, a fearless dreamer, risks all to show Colette and the whole world all that is right with a man famous for being wrong. Broadway 2
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Thriller/sci-fi/horror. 88mins. Dir: Jaclyn Chessen. Cast: Anya Prinz, Andrew Pedroza, Ashley Allen. Worldwide Film Entertainment. A well-meaning scientist’s attempt to develop a green source of energy unleashes a frankenstein from the sea. loews 1
Thriller/action/ adventure. 106mins. Dir: Stephen Reynolds. Cast: Danny Dyer, Vincent Regan. Intandem Films. Special ops interrogation officer Jimmy Vickers tracks down a gang who slaughtered his parents. With police closing in and his old unit on his trail, he has to to evade capture long enough to complete his gruesome crusade. AMC Santa Monica 1
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Drama/biography. 104mins. Dir: Antonio Carlos da Fontoura. Cast: Thiago Mendonca, Laila Zaid, Bruno Torres, Bianca Comparato, Olivia Torres. Cinema do Brasil. During the last years of Brazil’s dictatorship, teenager Renato achieves his dream of becoming a rock star, forming Brazil’s first punk rock band. But, accompanied by many ups and downs. doubletree 1
Documentary. 76mins. Dir: Alvaro Torrellas. Cast: Antonio Fernandes, Jose Manuel Pacheco. Wide. Tells the story of Antonio Fernandez, aka El Bigotes. He is a boxing trainer from Sevilla who has been saving errant children from the streets for more than 30 years. Antonio opens the doors of his gym to all those to whom life, society, law, or family did not give a second chance. Through the stories of three young men that have a lot in common, we see Antonio play a crucial role in their lives and their social reintegration. loews 1
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Family/comedy/action/ Adventure. 25mins. Dir: Dmitry Kiselev. Cast: Sergey Svetlakov, Ivan Urgant. Bazelevs. Stories of different characters from various countries become interconnected with boomerang effect of good deeds. loews 2
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Romance/mystery/ Historical. 123mins. Dir: Mitsutoshi Tanaka. Cast: Ebizo Ichikawa, Miki Nakatani, Nao Omori, Yusuke Iseya, Riko Narumi, Seiji Fukushi, Yoshihiko Hakamada, Tomoko Kurotani, Rei Dan, Akira Emoto, Masatoh Ibu, Katsuo Nakamura. Toei Company, Ltd. fairmont 4
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Documentary. 86mins. Dir: James Erskine, Zara Hayes. Cast: Billie Jean King, Bobby Riggs. Goldcrest Films International.
At a time of great social change, this extraordinary tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs captured the world’s imagination, empowered a generation, and changed sport forever. AMC Santa Monica 4
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Documentary/drama. 93mins. Dir: Leanne Pooley. Cast: Chad Moffitt, Sonam Sherpa. Altitude Film Sales. In 1953, the ascent of Everest remained the last of Earth’s great challenges. Standing at over 29,000ft, the world’s highest mountain posed a fearsome challenge and had already claimed 13 lives in previous expeditions. Faced with treacherous winds, sub-zero temperatures and battling altitude sickness, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay finally achieved the impossible and became the first men to conquer Everest. It was an event that stunned the world and defined an era. For the first time ever, and with the support of the Hillary family, Sir Edmund’s story will be brought to life on the big screen, ‘relived’ using both original colour footage and photographs and dramatised recreations of the assault. Broadway 2
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Action/adventure/ thriller/mystery. 85mins. Dir: Giorgio Serafini. Cast: Dolph Lundgren, Vinnie Jones, Billy Zane, Robert Davi, Gianni Capaldi, Jelly Howie. VMI Worldwide. When the most powerful criminal empire in the land comes crumbling down from within, it is up to a former henchman to put the puzzle pieces together in order to find those responsible and extract revenge. fairmont 1
Drama. 84mins. Dir: Aaron Wilson. Cast: Khan Chittenden, Mo Tzu-yi. Odin’s Eye Entertainment. Wartime, 1942. Singapore. An Australian fighter pilot shot down in combat awakens suspended in the treetops. As night devours »
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Drama. 122mins. Dir: Caroline Link. Cast: Ulrich Tukur, Samuel Schneider, Hafsia Herzi. ARRI Worldsales. Focuses on the reserved relationship between 17-year-old Ben and his father Heinrich, who is an international theatre director. AMC santa Monica 3
Action/adventure. 95mins. Dir: Ernie Barbarash. Cast: Michael Jai White, Neal McDonough, Laila Ali. Moonstone Entertainment. The first installment in an action franchise, entitled Codename: Falcon. The franchise will centre around former Marine John ‘Falcon’ Chapman, a dark anti-hero driven by guilt and suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, who will destroy himself unless given something else to destroy – a useful weapon-of-lastresort for the US State Department. AMC santa Monica 1
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Drama/comedy. 133mins. Dir: Yuya Ishii. Cast: Ryuhei Matsuda, Aoi Miyazaki, Joe Odagiri. Shochiku Co. The story of an eclectic editorial department at a certain publisher, where the eccentric characters strive to compile a dictionary to cross the dark sea of words, a story of the joy of words, the joy of life, a hymn of praise to those truly in love. Fairmont 3
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Drama/action/ adventure. 108mins. Dir: Pepe Danquart. Cast: Andrzej Tkacz, Kamil Tkacz, Elisabeth Duda, Jeanette Hain, Itay Tiran, Katarzyna Bargielowska. Radiant Films International. Srulik, an eight-year-
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Paris who learns to love life again after a chance encounter with a beautiful and impulsive young woman. They both spend a short but precious time together – a time that touches their hearts and changes their lives. laemmle 4
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Drama/romance. 130mins. Dir: Paul Haggis. Cast: Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody, Olivia Wilde. Corsan. Follows three key storylines, in three different cities, that are all interconnected. AMC santa Monica 6
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Documentary. 70mins. Dir: Alastair Siddons. Cast: JR (Artist). WestEnd Films. Tracks the evolution of the biggest participatory art project in the world, the wildly popular ‘Inside Out’. Travel the globe with French artist JR as he motivates entire communities to define their most important causes with incredibly passionate displays of giant black and white portraits pasted in the street. We witness young and old taking ownership of walls that were previously restricted and in doing so testing the limits of what they thought was possible. broadway 1
Action/adventure/ romance. 90mins. Dir: Miriam Kruishoop. Cast: Manny Perez, Angel Amaral, Vivica Fox. Little Film Company. Angel and his family fight to escape their gangravaged neighbourhood and find their place in the American dream.
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old boy, flees from the Warsaw ghetto in 1942. He attempts to survive, at first alone in the forest, and then as a Christian orphan named Jurek on a Polish farm. Throughout his ordeal, his Jewish identity is in danger of being lost.
Action/adventure. 115mins. Dir: Pyo Minsoo, Kim Tae-hun. Cast: Jang Hyuk, Lee Da-hye, Lee Beom-soo, Yoon Du-jun, Lee Joon, Im Soo-hyang. Finecut. Agents attempt to pull the curtain on mysterious global terrorist group ‘Iris’.
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Thriller. 95mins. Dir: Kit Monkman, Marcus Romer. Cast: Jack McMullen, Reece Dinsdale. Stealth Media Group. Paul Vaderman is your average teenager trying to stay under the radar at a new school so as not to be picked upon by the school bully, Roth. When Paul stands up to Roth, Roth asks him to join his gang. At the same time Paul becomes friendly with the school ‘freaks’ led by the charismatic Shane. Torn between the violent Roth and the too-cool Shane, Paul finds himself sucked into a rivalry where there are friends and there are enemies, where there are gangs you do belong to and gangs you don’t, and it’s up to Paul to make a choice. Fairmont 5
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Drama. 120mins. Dir: Sandra Nettelbeck. Cast: Michael Caine, Clemence Poesy, Justin Kirk, Gillian Anderson, Jane Alexander. Global Screen. Bittersweet tale of a lonely American widower in
Horror. 95mins. Dir: Michael S Ojeda. Cast: Amanda Adrienne, Rodney Rowland, Lezlie Wheeler. Raven Banner Entertainment. A deaf girl is brutalised by a murderous gang who are then hunted by her when the bloodthirsty spirit of an Apache warrior inhabits her lifeless body. Tpost 1
Drama. 87mins. Dir: Uberto Pasolini. Cast: Eddie Marsan, Joanne Froggatt. Beta Cinema. John May is a council worker whose job is to find the next of kin of those who have died alone. He goes beyond the call of duty to see a job through. Only when all leads have been checked and all doors shut will he organise the funeral of his forgotten “clients”, for whom he chooses the appropriate music and writes eulogies, which no one but him will hear. His life is neat, calm and ordered till his new case, an elderly alcoholic called Billy Stoke, has been found dead. AMC santa Monica 2
Horror. 90mins. Dir: Dean Jones. Cast: Bruce Dern, Chauntal Lewis. TriCoast Worldwide. Latest installment in the hugely successful Tool Box Murders franchise. Fairmont 2
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Family/action/adventure. 92mins. Dir: Oskar Santos. Cast: Javier Gutierrez, Claudia Vega, Alex Angulo. Film Factory Entertainment. Naughty twins Zip and Zap are sent to a strict summer school where all entertainment is forbidden. broadway 4
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Horror. 88mins. Dir: Josh Stewart. Cast: Josh Stewart, Ronnie Gene Blevins. Cinema Management Group. ocean
Drama/fantasy/thriller. Dir: James Katz. Cast: Aislinn Derbez, Aurelien Wiik, Alisha Seaton. Galloping Films. loews 1