Filmauro Takes Italian Rights From Exclusive Media To DISCONNECT; Directed By Henry-Alex Rubin – Stars Jason Bateman, Hope Davis & Alexander Skarsgård
Aurelio and Luigi De Laurentiis’ Italian distribution company, Filmauro, acquired Italian rights from Exclusive Media to Henry-Alex Rubin’s ensemble drama DISCONNECT, prior to its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival where it received a 12 minute standing ovation, it was announced today by Alex Walton, Exclusive Media’s President of International Sales and Distribution.
The film features an all-star cast including Jason Bateman (THE CHANGE UP, UP IN THE AIR), Hope Davis (REAL STEEL, HBO’s “Mildred Pierce”), Frank Grillo (GANGSTER SQUAD, THE GREY), Paula Patton (PRECIOUS, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL), Michael Nyqvist (THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO), Andrea Riseborough (BRIGHTON ROCK, W.E.), Alexander Skarsgård (HBO’s “True Blood,” MELANCHOLIA) and Max Thieriot (JUMPER), as well as Jonah Bobo (CRAZY STUPID LOVE), Colin Ford (WE BOUGHT A ZOO) and Haley Ramm (X-MEN).
Set for its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11th, the drama is produced by Mickey Liddell and Jennifer Monroe of LD Entertainment and William Horberg of Wonderful Films from an original screenplay by Andrew Stern. LD Entertainment will release the film in the US in spring 2013.
Exclusive Media’s Alex Walton negotiated the deal with Filmauro’s Giovanna Fulvi, Head of Acquisitions. Exclusive Media is handling international rights to the film.
“We are delighted to have Filmauro on board. They reacted so passionately in a highly competitive environment to acquire the film. We look forward to this passion driving their release plans in Italy,” said Alex Walton.
Aurelio and Luigi De Laurentiis continued, “We are extremely happy with the success of the film and how it was perceived by the public and the press at the Venice Film Festival. The film marks the debut of a new and talented director and we wish the film similar success at the Toronto Film Festival, where the film will be shown next week on September 11th.”
Shot with eavesdropped naturalism, it marks the first fiction feature film from Henry-Alex Rubin, director of the Oscar-nominated MURDERBALL.
A hard-working lawyer, attached to his cell phone, can’t find the time to communicate with his family. An estranged couple uses the internet as a means to escape from their lifeless marriage. A widowed ex-cop struggles to raise a mischievous son who cyber-bullies a classmate. An ambitious journalist sees a career-making story in a teen that performs on an adult-only site. They are strangers, neighbors and colleagues and their stories collide in this compelling drama about ordinary people seeking a human connection.
Helmed by Co-Chairmen Nigel Sinclair and Guy East, Exclusive Media is a major force in the production and international distribution arena. The highly anticipated END OF WATCH produced by Exclusive Media with John Lesher and director David Ayer and starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña, is world premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival and is set for domestic release on September 21st through Open Road Films. The company recently wrapped production of CAN A SONG SAVE YOUR LIFE? starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld, Adam Levine, CeeLo Green, James Corden and Catherine Keener directed by John Carney (ONCE) and Hammer’s THE QUIET ONES directed by John Pogue and starring Jared Harris and Sam Claflin. Also in post-production is Ron Howard’s epic RUSH starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl produced with production partners Cross Creek Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, Working Title, Brian Grazer, and Revolution Films with Universal Pictures set to release theatrically in the US; and SNITCH starring Dwayne Johnson and Susan Sarandon to be released by Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment; and teen action comedy SO UNDERCOVER starring Miley Cyrus.
Upcoming Exclusive Media productions include AGENT: CENTURY 21 starring Cameron Diaz and Benicio del Toro; THE WOMAN IN BLACK: ANGELS OF DEATH, a follow up to the box office hit THE WOMAN IN BLACK starring Daniel Radcliffe; and A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES starring Liam Neeson produced with Cross Creek Pictures, Double Feature Films and Jersey Films from writer/director Scott Frank.
Exclusive Media also represents a dynamic slate of third party productions including ROBOT & FRANK starring Frank Langella and Susan Sarandon currently in release through Samuel Goldwyn Films; AT ANY PRICE, starring Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron selected for both Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals; LOOK OF LOVE, starring Annette Bening, Ed Harris and Robin Williams currently in post-production; THÉRÈSE also from producers Liddell and Horberg, starring Elizabeth Olsen, Jessica Lange, Oscar Isaac and Tom Felton; and GREEN INFERNO to be directed by Eli Roth.
Additionally, Exclusive Media is handling international sales and servicing for Scott Pictures International’s slate of films, all to be produced under the Scott Pictures banner, including Lynne Ramsey’s newly announced JANE GOT A GUN written by Brian Duffield and starring Natalie Portman.