Magazine article Screen International

Front Row Unveils Cannes Acquisitions for Middle East

Magazine article Screen International

Front Row Unveils Cannes Acquisitions for Middle East

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Middle East distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment has announced the acquisition of 24 titles from last month's Cannes Marche, including Oscar-nominated Denis Gamze Erguven's Kings, which stars Halle Berry and was one of the most buzzed about projects of the market.

It was among a trio of titles acquired with Beirut-based Teleview International from Wild Bunch offshoot Insiders, alongside David Robert Mitchell LA-set crime thriller Under The Silver Lake, starring Dakota Johnson and Andrew Garfield; and Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here, starring Joaquin Phoenix as a war veteran who tries to save women trapped in the world of sex trafficking.

Other buzzy acquisitions for the Dubai-based distributor included quirky Sundance comedy Swiss Army Man, starring Paul Dano as a shipwrecked man who befriends a corpse played by Daniel Radcliffe, from New York-based distributor A24.

In its first-ever deal with Verve Ventures, Front Row also nabbed the Ridley Scott-produced horror thriller The Twisted, directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi and starring Teresa Palmer.


The company also secured several deals with UK sales companies. From Protagonist Pictures, Front Row has acquired The God Four, starring Michael Douglas, Jai Courtney and Natalie Dormer; Clio Barnard's thriller Dark River and Michael O'Shea's vampire tale The Transfiguration, which premiered in Un Certain Regard.

The company also bolstered its relationship with Embankment Films, sealing deals for Andy Serkis's Breathe, starring Andrew Garfield as a man paralyzed by polio who sets offon a round-the-world trip with his wife, played by Claire Foy; Kate Maberly's fantasy adventure The Forest Of Hands and Teeth, starring Maisie Williams; Simon Baker's Australian coming-of-age drama Breath; Ron Scalpello's bare-knuckler boxer drama My Name Is Lenny; and documentary Ferrari: Race To Immortality.

Front Row also acquired Yorgos Lanthimos's The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, starring Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman, from Hanway; and Michael Winterbottom's The Trip To Spain, starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, from Goalpost Pictures.

Front Row has also signed a three-picture deal with Anthony Buckner at Kaleidoscope Films Distribution, which comprises animation The Land Of Sometimes, voiced by Ewan McGregor and David Walliams; horror The Windmill Massacre; and Ben Wheatley-executive produced Tank 432. …

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