Magazine article Screen International

Icon Adds Three to Cannes Haul

Magazine article Screen International

Icon Adds Three to Cannes Haul

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Icon Film Distribution CEO Ian Dawson talks about the relaunched company's strategy to fill a gap in the UK market.

Following the Cannes Market, the relaunched Icon Film Distribution has announced three further titles it has acquired.

They are:

A Most Violent Year [pictured], written and directed by JC Chandor and starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain. The thriller, set in 1981 New York, follows an immigrant and his family struggling in the violent city. FilmNation handles international sales and the film is in post.

Equals, directed by Drake Doremus and starring Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart. This futuristic romance, which counts Ridley Scott as one of its producers, is set in a utopian future. Mister Smith handles sales.

The Legend of Barney Thomson, marking the feature directorial debut of Robert Carlyle, who also stars alongside Ray Winstone and Emma Thompson. The film is about a Glaswegian barber who inadvertently becomes a serial killer. Myriad Pictures handles sales.

This adds to the company's previously reported acquisition of David Robert Mitchell's buzzy Directors Fortnight title It Follows from Visit Films.

"All of these projects are distinctive and they all have strong creative elements," Icon CEO Ian Dawson told Screen earlier this week. "These are great directors working with great cast on great projects...We want to work with filmmakers and collaborate with them."

The company is set to announce further acquisitions in coming weeks. …

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