Arrow Snaps Up Titles to Boost UK Theatrical Presence

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Arrow Snaps Up Titles to Boost UK Theatrical Presence


The distributor has acquired a raft of new films at AFM that it plans to release theatrically.

Arrow, the UK multi-platform distributor, has been on an acquisition spree as it looks to boost its presence in the British theatrical market.

Among its headline acquisitions at the American Film Market (AFM) last week are Battle Royale 3D, the much-hyped stereoscopic 3D version of the 2000 horror classic directed by the late Kinji Fukasaku. The film was acquired from Toei. It is being released on 300 prints in Japan later this month. Arrow, which has taken all rights, aims to give the film a small theatrical release. The new version contains additional scenes and new music that did not feature in the 2D original.

Arrow, which specialises in foreign language, cult, horror and arthouse fare, has also bought what is reputed to be Russia's most expensive ever film, Nikita Mikhalkov's The Exodus: Burnt By The Sun 2 and its sequel The Citadel: Burnt By The Sun 3. Wild Bunch handled international sales on the two films, which are believed to have had a combined budget of $55 million.

"They are on a scale that we don't see very often outside a major studio," commented Tom Stewart, head of acquisitions at Arrow Films. Arrow, which has taken all rights, is yet to decide whether the films will be released separately or together.

Meanwhile, in a deal negotiated with the producers, Arrow has bought Volker Schlörndorff's "Director's Cut" of his Palme D'Or and Oscar-winning The Tin Drum (1979). This is the version of the film (including 22 minutes of unseen footage) that premiered in Cannes this year. Arrow is planning a limited theatrical theatrical release in April or May next year. …

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