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Alliance pre-emptively acquires Sundance titles including The Son of No One, The Troll Hunter, The Guard and Flypaper

19 January 2011, MONTREAL:  Alliance Films, one of the top five international independent filmed entertainment companies in the world which also encompasses Momentum Pictures (UK) and Aurum Productions (Spain) have inked a first look deal with producer Niv Fichman’s (The Red Violin, Blindness) Rhombus Media.  The distribution deal will utilize Alliance’s distribution pipeline with the company’s collaborating on all stages of production including development, casting, marketing and financing.

Alliance Films and Rhombus Media have partnered on films such as The Red Violin, Silk, Passchendale, Blindness and most recently HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN, which stars Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner) and Gregory Smith (The Patriot, Everwood).  HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN is set to make its world debut at the Sundance Film Festival as part of Midnight at Park City and was initially a trailer made to promote the release of Quentin Tarantino & Robert Rodriguez’s feature Grindhouse. HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN is the second of Grindhouse’s trailers to be turned into a feature film, the first being Machete.

Alliance Films will release the film in Canada and the UK (via Momentum Pictures), TF1 will be handling international sales and Magnolia Pictures will release in the U.S.

“Rhombus Media has a brilliant reputation for sourcing and developing award-winning material and we’re delighted to cement our relationship with them,” says Xavier Marchand, President of Worldwide Distribution of Alliance Films. “Furthermore, we’ve built a strong slate of acquisitions in advance of Sundance and look forward to unveiling them around the world this coming year.”

Commenting on the deal Niv Fichman said: “We have worked with Alliance for over a decade and are now fully integrated in every step of the process from initial development to final release.  I can not imagine a better and more seamless producer/distributor relationship anywhere.”

Alliance Films has made a number of acquisitions in advance of Sundance on titles such as:  Dito Montiel’s (A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, Fighting) feature THE SON OF NO ONE, starring Channing Tatum and Al Pacino for Canada and Spain (Aurum); THE TROLL HUNTER from director Andre Oderval for Canada and the UK (Momentum Pictures); THE GUARD which stars Brendan Gleason and Don Cheadle for Canada; and from the writers of The Hangover, Jon Lucas and Scott Moore’s FLYPAPER, directed by Rob Minkoff starring Patrick Dempsey and Ashley Judd for Spain (Aurum).

Current and upcoming films where Alliance Films has an equity position or otherwise enabled projects to be financed include:  The King’s Speech, The Woman in Black, Safe, Area 51, Weekender, Goon, The Moth Diaries, Insidious and The Bay.

Current and upcoming theatrical releases include: The King’s Speech (Canada & UK), The Fighter (Canada & UK), Blue Valentine (Canada), Chalet Girl (Canada & UK), Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere (Canada), The Way Back (Canada & Spain) and Red (Spain).

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About Momentum Pictures and Alliance Films

Alliance Films, Inc. is one of the top five international independent filmed entertainment companies in the world. A leading multinational distributor, co-financier and producer of filmed entertainment, its member companies, Alliance Films and Alliance Vivafilm (Canada); Momentum Pictures (UK) and Aurum Productions (Spain), offer integrated delivery of content in all media.

Strategic partnerships includes exclusive distribution rights with Relativity Media in Canada and UK, Focus Features, The Weinstein Company, CBS Films and Newmarket Films in Canada , as well as ongoing relationships with Summit, FilmNation, Newmarket, Exclusive Media, IM Global, Mandate, Wild Bunch, Constantin Films, EuropaCorp and Nu Image in all 3 territories.

On the production front, strategic partnerships include: a feature film co-production and acquisitions deal with Italy’s Medusa Film; a first-look deal with Iain Canning and Emile Sherman’s See-Saw Films, which yielded the lauded feature THE KING’S SPEECH; the production joint venture with IM Global, Automatik run by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones; and a five-picture deal with PARANORMAL ACTIVITY producers Oren Peli, Jason Blum and Steven Schneider with upcoming titles that include Barry Levinson’s The Bay and James Wan’s INSIDIOUS.

About Rhombus Media

Rhombus Media is renowned the world over for its high-quality feature films, TV drama series and performing arts programmes. Since it’s inception in 1979, Rhombus has released over 200 productions that have been consistently acclaimed by critics and audiences all over the world. Rhombus films have received literally hundreds of awards, including numerous Genies, Geminis, Emmys, Golden Pragues and an Oscar.  Some of the company’s more notable projects include The Red Violin, Last Night, The Saddest Music in the World, Clean, Snowcake, Silk, and more recently Fernando Meirelles’ Blindness and Paul Gross’ Passchendaele.  Rhombus produced Hobo with A Shotgun along with Whizbang Films and Yer Dead Productions.  The film stars Rutger Hauer and will be unleashed at Sundance in January.

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