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Stewart’s ‘Camp X-Ray’ acquired by IFC Films Walker’s ‘Brick Mansions’ gets new release date

LOS ANGELES, Feb 10, (RTRS): IFC Films has acquired North American rights to Peter Sattler’s directorial debut “Camp X-Ray,” which stars Kristen Stewart as a Guantanamo Bay guard, the company has announced. Sattler also wrote the film, which was produced by Gina Kwon and executive produced by Emmy Ellison, Lindsay Williams, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, David Gordon Green and Sophia Lin. Payman Maadi and Lane Garrison co-star in the movie, which premiered in competition at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Stewart plays a young woman who joins the military to be part of something bigger than herself and her small town roots, but ends up as a rookie guard at Guantanamo Bay. Her mission is far from black and white, as she is surrounded by hostile jihadists and aggressive male squadmates. When she strikes up an unusual friendship with one of the detainees (Maadi), both of their worlds are forever shifted.

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“Peter Sattler has made a stirring, sensitive and thought-provoking film that features two powerhouse performances by Payman Maadi and Kristen Stewart,” said Jonathan Sehring, president of Sundance Selects/IFC Films. “Maadi proves once again that he is a force to be reckoned with and Stewart undoubtedly gives the best and most moving performance of her already remarkable career.” The deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, SVP of acquisitions and productions at Sundance Selects/IFC Films, with UTA Independent Film Group and Andr Des Rochers of Gray Krauss Stratford Sandler Des Rochers LLP on behalf of the filmmakers.

IFC Films also acquired two other films at Sundance this year — Jim Mickle’s “Cold in July” starring Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson and Vinessa Shaw; and John Slattery’s directorial debut “God’s Pocket” starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks, and John Turturro. IFC Films also showcased the world premiere of Michael Winterbottom’s “The Trip to Italy” starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, and held a special screening of Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood,” which stars Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane and Lorelei Linklater. The film chronicles one family’s journey over the course of twelve years.

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IFC Films’ sister label IFC Midnight also acquired Jennifer Kent’s psychological horror film “The Babadook” starring Essie Davis, which premiered in the festival’s Midnight section.


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Relativity and EuropaCorp have announced that the Paul Walker action movie “Brick Mansions” will be released on April 25 and that they’ll make a donation, including the cost of the film’s world premiere, to the “Fast and Furious” star’s charity Reach Out WorldWide to honor Walker’s memory and celebrate his life.
“Brick Mansions” inherits the release date vacated by “Earth to Echo,” which Relativity announced it will now release on July 2.
Reach Out WorldWide is a network of committed professionals with first responder skill-sets that “operates on the philosophy that by making a difference in just one person’s life, the world has been changed for the better.”


Walker’s manager Matt Luber is serving as a consultant on “Brick Mansions” and its release. He will continue to work closely with Relativity, as well as Walker’s family and representatives. “Paul Walker was an incredible actor, a devoted friend and a warm colleague and we continue to mourn his tragic passing. We are proud to have worked with him on ‘Brick Mansions’ and look forward to honoring him with one of his final releases,” Relativity said in a statement. “Brick Mansions” is an English-language reboot of the 2004 French film “District B1 that was produced by EuropaCorp and Transfilm International, and is an official French-Canadian co-production. The film is part of the co-financing and co-production relationship between EuropaCorp and Relativity, which previously collaborated on Besson’s “The Family” and McG’s “3 Days to Kill,” which hits theaters on Feb 21.


“Brick Mansions” marks the directorial debut of renowned editor Camille Delamarre, whose recent editing credits include “Taken and “Transporter 3.” David Belle (who co-founded the Parkour movement) reprises his role from the original French film, while RZA co-stars alongside Walker. “Brick Mansions” is set in a dystopian Detroit, where abandoned brick mansions left from better times now house only the most dangerous criminals. Unable to control the crime, the police constructed a colossal containment wall around this area to protect the rest of the city. For undercover cop Damien Collier (Walker) every day is a battle against corruption. For Lino (Belle), every day is a fight to live an honest life. Their paths never should have crossed, but when drug kingpin, Tremaine (RZA) kidnaps Lino’s girlfriend, Damien reluctantly accepts the help of the fearless ex-convict, and together they must stop a sinister plot to devastate the entire city.


In “Earth to Echo,” a trio of inseparable friends watch as their neighborhood is destroyed by a highway construction project that is forcing their families to move away. But just two days before they must part ways, the boys find a cryptic signal has infected their phones. Convinced something bigger is going on and looking for one final adventure together, they set off to trace the messages to their source and discover something beyond their wildest imaginations: hiding in the darkness is a mysterious being, stranded on Earth, and wanted by the government. This launches the boys on an epic journey full of danger and wonder, one that will test the limits of their friendship and change all of their lives forever.

 

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