THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER’S YORGOS LANTHIMOS AND EFTHYMIS FILIPPOU WIN BEST SCREENPLAY AT THE 70TH CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

Element Pictures is delighted to announce that Yorgos Lanthimos and  Efthymis Filippou have picked up the award for Best Screenplay at the closing ceremony of the 70th Cannes Film Festival for THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER. The award was shared with Lynne Ramsay’s YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE.

 

THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER marks Element Pictures seventh production or co-production in official selection at Cannes in recent years and its fourth win with Lanthimos’ THE LOBSTER winning The Jury Prize in 2015, Ken Loach’s THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY taking home the Palme d’Or in 2006 and Lenny Abrahamson’s  GARAGE winning the CICAE Prize at Directors’ Fortnight in 2007.

 

Speaking from Cannes, Element Pictures Producer Ed Guiney commented that “All of us at Element are absolutely delighted with the script prize for Efthymis and Yorgos. Yorgos has made a masterful signature film which will enthrall audiences around the world. We are very grateful to all of our financiers including Film4, New Sparta, Hanway and the Irish Film Board”

 

THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER was produced by Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe’s Element Pictures (THE LOBSTER, ROOM, A DATE FOR MAD MARY). Lanthimos and his regular collaborator, Efthymis Filippou, co-wrote the project, which was shot last Autumn in Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER sees Colin Farrell reunite with Lanthimos. Farrell stars as Steven, a charismatic surgeon forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart when the behaviour of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing takes a sinister turn. Nicole Kidman also stars as the wife of Farrell’s character, along with young, Irish actor Barry Keoghan (’71 and DUNKIRK), Raffey Cassidy (TOMORROWLAND), Sunny Suljic (THE UNSPOKEN), Bill Camp (12 YEARS A SLAVE) and Alicia Silverstone (CLUELESS).

 

The film is financed by Film4 and New Sparta Films along with the Irish Film Board. The project was developed by Element Pictures with support from Film4. HanWay Films is worldwide sales agent with A24 on board as US distributor following its successful release of THE LOBSTER last year.

 

THE LOBSTER won the Jury Prize in Cannes in 2015 and was recently nominated for an Academy Award ® for Best Original Screenplay. DOGTOOTH, another of Lanthimos’ projects, won Cannes’ Prix Un Certain Regard in 2009, later receiving an Academy Award ® nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

TERRIFIC REACTION TO ‘THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER’ FOLLOWING ITS WORLD PREMIERE AT THE 70TH CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

Element Pictures is delighted to announce that Yorgos Lanthimos’ THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER premiered to rave reviews following its world premiere in competition in Cannes last night, where it received a ten minute standing ovation.

Industry bible, The Hollywood Reporter commented “the impressive rigor of its craft, the skillfully subdued intensity of the acting, and the startling originality of the story will make it unmissable for anyone who cares about bold filmmaking” concluding that “the Greek director here further cements his position among the world’s most interesting contemporary filmmakers, stoking anticipation for his next English-language feature, THE FAVOURITE”

Variety noted that “as allegories of extreme discomfort go, this one is masterfully orchestrated” and praised Farrell and Kidman as being “astonishingly gifted at playing the subtext of every scene”

The film received 4 stars from The Guardian who noted that “Lanthimos is brilliant at summoning up a whole created world and immersing us in it” Screen Daily went on to call THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER “a powerful and unsettling film that significantly broadens the repertoire of one of Europe’s most singular and wayward auteurs” While The Telegraph described the film as “a wildly uncomfortable, venomously funny Greek tragedy”

Both The Evening Standard and The Irish Times awarded THE KILLING OF A SCARED DEER 5 stars with The Irish Times describing Colin Farrell and Barry Keoghan’s performance as “exceptional” and the film as “unmissable”

THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER was produced by Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe’s Element Pictures (THE LOBSTER, ROOM, A DATE FOR MAD MARY). Lanthimos and his regular collaborator, Efthymis Filippou, co-wrote the project, which was shot last Autumn in Cincinnati, Ohio.

THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER sees Colin Farrell reunite with Lanthimos. Farrell stars as Steven, a charismatic surgeon forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart when the behaviour of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing takes a sinister turn. Nicole Kidman also stars as the wife of Farrell’s character, along with young, Irish actor Barry Keoghan (’71 and DUNKIRK), Raffey Cassidy (TOMORROWLAND), Sunny Suljic (THE UNSPOKEN), Bill Camp (12 YEARS A SLAVE) and Alicia Silverstone (CLUELESS).

Producer Ed Guiney said “We are bowled over by the reaction in Cannes. Yorgos has made a masterful, challenging and unforgettable piece of cinema which we hope will go on to enthrall audiences around the world following its premiere here in Cannes.”

The film is financed by Film4 and New Sparta Films along with the Irish Film Board. The project was developed by Element Pictures with support from Film4. HanWay Films is worldwide sales agent with A24 on board as US distributor following its successful release of THE LOBSTER last year.

THE LOBSTER won the Jury Prize in Cannes in 2015 and was recently nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Original Screenplay. DOGTOOTH, another of Lanthimos’ projects, won Cannes’ Prix Un Certain Regard in 2009, later receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

This is Element’s seventh production or co-production in Official Selection at Cannes in recent years. Lanthimos’ THE LOBSTER took home the Cannes Jury Prize in 2015, Ken Loach’s JIMMY’S HALL screened in competition in 2014 as did Paolo Sorrentino’s THIS MUST BE THE PLACE in 2011. Alicia Duffy’s ALL GOOD CHILDREN was selected for the Director’s Fortnight section of the festival in 2010 and in 2007 Lenny Abrahamson’s GARAGE won the CICAE Prize. In 2006 Ken Loach’s THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY won the Palme d’Or.

IRISH PRODUCTION ‘THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER’ TO SCREEN IN COMPETITION AT CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

Element Pictures is delighted to announce that Yorgos Lanthimos’ THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER, will screen in competition as part of the Official Selection at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER was produced by Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe’s Element Pictures (THE LOBSTER, ROOM, A DATE FOR MAD MARY). Lanthimos and his regular collaborator, Efthymis Filippou, co-wrote the project, which was shot last Autumn in Cincinnati, Ohio.

THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER sees Colin Farrell reunite with Lanthimos. Farrell stars as Steven, a charismatic surgeon forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart when the behaviour of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing takes a sinister turn. Nicole Kidman also stars as the wife of Farrell’s character, along with young, Irish actor Barry Keoghan (’71 and DUNKIRK), Raffey Cassidy (TOMORROWLAND), Sunny Suljic (THE UNSPOKEN), Bill Camp (12 YEARS A SLAVE) and Alicia Silverstone (CLUELESS).

Producer Ed Guiney said ‘We are thrilled to be back in Cannes with Yorgos and Colin following the success of THE LOBSTER two years ago. Yorgos is truly one of the most talented and visionary film makers working anywhere at the moment and Cannes is the perfect place to launch his new film to the world.’

The film is financed by Film4 and New Sparta Films along with the Irish Film Board. The project was developed by Element Pictures with support from Film4. HanWay Films is worldwide sales agent with A24 on board as US distributor following its successful release of THE LOBSTER last year.

THE LOBSTER won the Jury Prize in Cannes in 2015 and was recently nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Original Screenplay. DOGTOOTH, another of Lanthimos’ projects, won Cannes’ Prix Un Certain Regard in 2009, later receiving an Academy Award® nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

This is Element’s seventh production or co-production in Official Selection at Cannes in recent years. Lanthimos’ THE LOBSTER took home the Cannes Jury Prize in 2015, Ken Loach’s JIMMY’S HALL screened in competition in 2014 as did Paolo Sorrentino’s THIS MUST BE THE PLACE in 2011. Alicia Duffy’s ALL GOOD CHILDREN was selected for the Director’s Fortnight section of the festival in 2010 and in 2007 Lenny Abrahamson’s GARAGE won the CICAE Prize. In 2006 Ken Loach’s THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY won the Palme d’Or.

The 70th annual Cannes Film Festival takes place from 17th to 28th May 2017.

A DATE FOR MAD MARY SELECTED TO SCREEN IN COMPETITION AT THE 60TH BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

Element Pictures Distribution are delighted that A DATE FOR MAD MARY will have its UK premiere at the 60th BFI London Film Festival which will take place 5-16 October 2016.

A DATE FOR MAD MARY has been receiving stellar reviews with industry bible Variety calling it ‘Instantly lovable…beautifully performed, warm yet melancholic’, The Irish Times calling it ‘Triumphant’ and The Sunday Times describing it as “fresh, irreverent, fun and gloriously real.”

A DATE FOR MAD MARY tells the story of ‘Mad’ Mary McArdle returning to Drogheda after a short spell in prison – for something she’d rather forget. Back home, everything and everyone has changed. Her best friend, Charlene, is about to get married and Mary is maid of honour. When Charlene refuses Mary a ‘plus one’ on the grounds that she probably couldn’t find a date, Mary becomes determined to prove her wrong. But her attempts at dating are a disaster and she winds up feeling more alone… until she meets Jess and everything changes.

It is a tough and tender story about friendship, first love, and letting go of the glory days, starring Seána Kerslake (Can’t Cope/Won’t Cope, The Lobster), Tara Lee (Raw, The Fall) and Charleigh Bailey.

A DATE FOR MAD MARY is Darren Thornton’s debut feature film following his hugely acclaimed short film Frankie and IFTA award-winning Love is the Drug.

Speaking on the selection, director Thornton commented that “I’m absolutely thrilled that A date for Mad Mary has been accepted at the London Film Festival, especially being selected to screen in competition. We’ve been looking forward to sharing the film with British audiences and to be having our first screenings at a festival as well regarded as LFF is really wonderful.”

A DATE FOR MAD MARY is directed by Darren Thornton , written by Darren and Colin Thornton and produced by Ed Guiney (The Guard, The Lobster, Room) and Juliette Bonass (Get Up & Go, Glassland). The film is financed by the Irish Film Board, BAI and TV3

A DATE FOR MAD MARY is released in cinemas across Ireland tomorrow September 2nd

New Clip ‘Bridal Shop’ from the film featuring Seána Kerslake, Charleigh Bailey and  Siobhán Shanahan can be downloaded https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmtBhx5_QF4 or from our media page http://elementpictures.ie/media/adateformadmary/

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MATTRESS MEN RELEASED IN CINEMAS AND ON-DEMAND FROM OCTOBER 7th

Following acclaimed international festival screenings at Hot Docs in Toronto and the Sheffield Documentary Festival, Element Pictures Distribution are delighted to announce that they will release the hotly- anticipated  MATTRESS  MEN in Cinemas and On- Demand from October 7th.

In an attempt to save his struggling mattress business, sixty-something Michael Flynn reinvents himself as the eccentric online personality ‘Mattress Mick’ under the guidance of his good friend Paul Kelly. Paul, burdened with debts and living with his family in inner city Dublin yearns to get a full time contract working with Mick. Using all his marketing savvy and entrepreneurial skills, Paul embarks on a mission to make Mattress Mick a viral sensation. Will Paul be successful in his endeavours? And will Mick finally overcome the challenges in their friendship and recognise the hard work and good intentions of his long-time friend? MATTRESS MEN is a bittersweet and moving tale of friendship and the struggles of two men that is sure to delight audiences everywhere.

Speaking on the release, Director Colm Quinn said “It’s fantastic to be working with Element Pictures Distribution on bringing Mattress Men to Irish cinemas and on-demand. Mick and Paul’s story has really struck a chord at international festivals and we’re very hopeful it’ll do the same at home”

MATTRESS MEN is directed by Colm Quinn and produced by Ciaran Deeney and David Clarke with funding from the Irish Film Board.

 

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Element Pictures Distribution

Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe run Ireland’s leading independent film distribution company Element Pictures Distribution, handling StudioCanal’s slate in Ireland as well as direct acquisitions. Recent  releases include Lenny Abrahamson’s Golden Globe and Oscar winning Room and Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster which passed the £1m barrier at the UK and Irish box office. Other recent releases include Jerzy Skolimowski’s 11 Minutes and Alex Fegan’s award winning documentary Older Than Ireland. Other EPD titles include Sundance Winner His & Hers, Lenny Abrahamson’s What Richard Did and Gerard Barrett’s Pilgrim Hill. In 2011, EPD released The Guard (John Michael McDonagh), which became one of the highest grossing independent Irish films of all time, with a cumulative box office of €4m+. Other notable releases include the award-winning Garage, Jerzy Skolimowski’s Essential Killing, Paolo Sorrentino’s This Must Be The PlaceFrank, starring Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhaal and Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall. Element Pictures also operates an online video on demand platform, Volta.ie which focuses on the best of Irish and international films. Additionally, Element runs and operates the Light House Cinema, one of Dublin’s premiere art house cinemas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A DATE FOR MAD MARY RECEIVES IRISH PREMIERE AT GALWAY FILM FLEADH THIS JULY

Element Pictures Distribution are delighted to announce that Darren Thornton’s A DATE FOR MAD MARY will have its Irish Premiere this July as part of the 28th Galway Film Fleadh with an Irish release following on September 2nd.

A DATE FOR MAD MARY tells the story of ‘Mad’ Mary McArdle returning to Drogheda after a short spell in prison – for something she’d rather forget. Back home, everything and everyone has changed. Her best friend, Charlene, is about to get married and Mary is maid of honour. When Charlene refuses Mary a ‘plus one’ on the grounds that she probably couldn’t find a date, Mary becomes determined to prove her wrong. But her attempts at dating are a disaster and she winds up feeling more alone… until she meets Jess and everything changes.

It is a tough and tender story about friendship, first love, and letting go of the glory days, starring Seána Kerslake (Can’t Cope/Won’t Cope, The Lobster), Tara Lee (Raw, The Fall) and Charleigh Bailey.

A DATE FOR MAD MARY is Thornton’s debut feature film following his hugely acclaimed short film Frankie and IFTA award-winning Love is the Drug.

Director Thornton commented “I’m delighted to be presenting A DATE FOR MAD MARY at the Galway Film Fleadh. My first experience of a film festival was Galway, back when my short film Frankie screened there in 2007. It was an amazing experience and it’s exciting to be coming back this year with a feature film, it’s sure to be a great launch for the film before it opens across Ireland in September.”

A DATE FOR MAD MARY is directed by Darren Thornton , written by Darren and Colin Thornton and produced by Ed Guiney (The Guard, The Lobster, Room) and Juliette Bonass (Get Up & Go, Glassland). The film is financed by the Irish Film Board, BAI and TV3.

A DATE FOR MAD MARY will have its world premiere at the 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

THE LOBSTER SELECTED TO SCREEN AT SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

THE LOBSTER, written and directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, has been selected to screen at the Spotlight section at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Film Festival takes place January 21-31 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The Festival is one of the world’s premiere places to debut new independent films and over the course of its more than 30-year history has launched films including Whiplash, Boyhood, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station, Little Miss Sunshine, sex, lies, and videotape, Reservoir Dogs, and Napoleon Dynamite.

This marks Element Picture’s seventh film at Sundance since 2009 when they presented Liam Neeson in Five Minutes of Heaven, followed by box-office hit The Guard in 2011, Shadow Dancer and This Must be the Place in 2012, Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank in 2014 and Gerard Barrett’s Glassland last year.

THE LOBSTER, which stars Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw and John C. Reilly, is a love story set in the near future where single people, according to the rules of The City, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods. A desperate Man escapes from The Hotel to The Woods where The Loners live and falls in love, although it is against their rules.

THE LOBSTER is produced by Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Ceci Dempsey and Yorgos Lanthimos. Executive Producers are Andrew Lowe, Tessa Ross and Sam Lavender for Film4, Isabel Davis as the lead executive for the BFI Film Fund and Rory Gilmartin for the Irish Film Board. Protagonist Pictures is handling international sales.

Alchemy will release THE LOBSTER theatrically in the US in March 2016.

11 MINUTES IN CINEMAS DECEMBER 4

A buzzing, hurtling, too-fast-to-think thriller” – VARIETY 

Thoroughly entertaining” – SCREEN DAILY

 

Jerzy Skolimowski’s 11 MINUTES will be released in Ireland on December 4th. The film stars Richard Dormer (Good Vibrations, ’71, Game of Thrones) in the lead role of an American film director in this suspenseful drama which revolves around the lives and loves of a diverse group of people during the course of the same 11 minute chain of events. 11 MINUTES is Skolimowski’s latest feature since 2010’s Essential Killing which Element Pictures Distribution also handled.

 

To date, the film has premiered at the Venice Film Festival, The Toronto International Film Festival and the London Film Festival and will open the Kinopolis Polish Film Festival in the IFI on Thursday December 3rd. 11 MINUTES recently picked up the Jaeger-LeCoultre award for Best Film at the Estoril Lisbon Film Festival and is Poland’s official entry to be considered for Best Foreign Language film at this year’s Oscars.

 

Trailer download available here: http://we.tl/K6VnynAbHT

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdIYTv8skLc

 

11 MINUTES is directed by Jerzy Skolimowski, produced by Ewa Piaskowska of Skopia Film and co-produced by Andrew Lowe and Ed Guiney of Element Pictures with backing by the Irish Film Board.

 

THE LOBSTER breaks the £1m barrier at UK and Irish box offices

 

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Landmark total comes hot on the heels of critical acclaim after leading the way with seven nominations at the 2015 Moët British Independent Film Awards and five nominations at the 2015 European Film Awards

 

Monday 9 November 2015: THE LOBSTER, Yorgos Lanthimos’s critically acclaimed English language debut and 2015 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize winner, can now also boast of commercial success after the film passed the £1m barrier at the UK and Irish box office on Saturday 7th November.

The film, an unconventional love story starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, was released by Picturehouse Entertainment and Element Pictures Distribution on 16 October and has delighted UK and Irish cinemagoers ever since, proving to be the sure fire independent alternative to the box office blockbusters of the season.

The story takes place in the near future where single people, according to the rules of The City, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel.  There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days.  If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods.

Commenting on the milestone, Clare Binns, Director of Programming and Acquisitions at Picturehouse Entertainment said: “The Lobster has certainly been an exciting film to distribute, and the team, along with our partners Element Pictures Distribution, have had a lot of fun. It is great to see audiences turning out in large numbers for such intelligent and original filmmaking. We are thrilled for director Yorgos Lanthimos whose first English language production has been so well received, clearly resonating with audiences during what is an extremely busy time at the UK Box Office.”

Andrew Lowe, director and co-founder of Element Pictures Distribution commented “Having initiated The Lobster as a project in development and seen it though to its triumph in Cannes, all the team at Element Pictures are thrilled to find that UK and Irish audiences have embraced The Lobster with the same enthusiasm and love that we have for the film.  Our distribution team have worked very closely with our friends at Picturehouse Entertainment and we are very proud of the work and results of that brilliant partnership.”

The film has also performed beyond expectations in all other international territories that have opened to date; Australia (Sony), Belgium (Imagine Films), France (Haut et Court), Greece (Feelgood Entertainment), Italy (Good Films), The Netherlands (De Filmfreak), and South Korea (Contents Gate). The film is due to open in further territories across the world in the coming months.

This success in the UK and Ireland comes soon after the filmmakers celebrated leading the nomination count for the 2015 British Independent Film Awards this year, with seven in total.

These included nominations for Best British Independent Film, Best Director for Lanthimos, Best Screenplay and Producer of the Year. The film also scored a Best Actor nomination for Farrell and supporting actor nominations for both Olivia Colman and Ben Whishaw. The winners will be announced on the 6 December at a star-studded ceremony in London.

THE LOBSTER also counts amongst the most nominated films at the upcoming European Film Awards.  It is nominated for European Film, European Director, European Actor for Colin Farrell, European Screenwriter for Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou and Sarah Blenkinsop has already been awarded European Costume Designer.  The awards will take place in Berlin on 12 December.

THE LOBSTER is produced by Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Ceci Dempsey and Yorgos Lanthimos. Executive Producers are Andrew Lowe, Tessa Ross and Sam Lavender for Film4, Isabel Davis as the lead executive for the BFI Film Fund and Rory Gilmartin for the Irish Film Board.

THE LOBSTER PROVES A HIT AT THE BOX-OFFICE

THE LOBSTER takes over 1 Million at Box-Office

With a remarkably small 2% drop week on week, Element Pictures production THE LOBSTER will surpass the €1 million mark in its second week of release, which is deemed a break out figure for any independent film. Opening to rave reviews THE LOBSTER, released as a joint venture by Element Pictures Distribution in Ireland and Picturehouse in the UK has now expanded to over 80 sites across Ireland & the UK as audiences embrace this art-house hit.

Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos’s previous best across Ireland & the UK was Dogtooth which grossed €208,000 over its entire theatrical run.

The LOBSTER’s stellar ensemble cast – headed by Colin Farrell and featuring Rachel Weisz, Lea Seydoux, John C Reilly, Ben Whishaw, Olivia Colman and Michael Smiley is expected to continue its fantastic run when it’s released in France this week on 126 prints where its Cannes Jury prize win will surely boost the films performance.

Speaking on the success, Element Pictures Distribution’s Andrew Lowe commented “We are really pleased with the response of audiences in Ireland and the UK to THE LOBSTER, whose positive word of mouth has helped propel it into an independent hit. Element Pictures Distribution have worked closely with our partners in the UK, Picturehouse, to launch the film into a very competitive market on the back of THE LOBSTER’s success in Cannes, and we are delighted to see UK and Irish audiences share the Cannes jury’s enthusiasm for the film.”

THE LOBSTER is a love story set in the near future where single people, according to the rules of The City, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods. A desperate Man escapes from The Hotel to The Woods where The Loners live and falls in love, although it is against their rules.

THE LOBSTER is written by Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou and produced by Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Ceci Dempsey and Yorgos Lanthimos. Executive Producers are Andrew Lowe, Tessa Ross and Sam Lavender.

THE LOSBTER is an Element Pictures, Scarlet Films, Faliro House, Haut et Court, Lemming Film co-production in association with Limp and with Irish finance for the film from the Irish Film Board.