ELEMENT PICTURES DISTRIBUTION AND STUDIOCANAL ACQUIRE VIVA

Element Pictures Distribution and StudioCanal have acquired all UK and Irish rights to VIVA, the remarkable Irish-Cuban film short-listed in 2016 for Best Foreign Language Film, in a joint distribution venture.

Directed by Paddy Breathnach, written by Mark O’Halloran, starring Jorge Perugorria, Luis Alberto Garcia and Hector Medina and produced by Robert Walpole and Rebecca O’Flanagan of Treasure Entertainment, VIVA is the Havana-based story of young Jesus, who longs to be a glamorous drag queen only to have his dreams take a detour when his estranged and very macho father returns from a long stint in prison.

Irish and UK audiences will have the opportunity to watch VIVA this summer with Element Pictures Distribution overseeing distribution in the Republic of Ireland and StudioCanal overseeing the United Kingdom.

VIVA was released in the United States on April 29 by Magnolia Releasing following triumphant runs in the Telluride and Sundance Film Festival, with continuous praise from critics with The New York Times calling it “Exhilarating…. So much heart you surrender to its charm.”

Commenting on the release, Director Paddy Breathnach said “I’m very happy that Element and StudioCanal are releasing VIVA in Ireland and UK respectively.  They’re great companies and I’m very excited to work with them in bringing VIVA to audiences here in the near future.”

Andrew Lowe of Element Pictures Distribution added “We are big fans of Paddy and are delighted to be working with him, Rob and Rebecca together with our friends at StudioCanal on the release of VIVA in Ireland and the UK.”

Element is a very skilled Irish distributor and the pairing with StudioCanal is brilliant – we couldn’t be happier with the partnership,” adds Charlotte Mickie, president of Mongrel International.  “VIVA continues to thrill us with its continuing success.”

VIVA producers, Rob Walpole and Rebecca O’Flanagan, said “VIVA was such a labour of love and we are thrilled with its reception so far.  We are particularly pleased to be working with Element to bring it to our home territory and are delighted with the partnership with StudioCanal in the UK.”

 VIVA has sold to over 30 territories world-wide including France to ARP, Benelux to Cinemien, Spain to Betta and Germany to Salzgeber.

ELEMENT PICTURES’ PRODUCTION THE LOBSTER OPENS AT NO.1 IN THE US THIS WEEKEND

The Yorgos Lanthimos directed THE LOBSTER not only opened at number 1 in the US this weekend on the basis of takings per screen but in grossing $188,095 from just 4 locations it has also the highest per-screen-average of 2016 with an incredible $47,034.

Element Pictures Distribution and Picturehouse jointly released THE LOBSTER in Ireland and the UK last October, grossing over €2 million at the box-office with A24 now handling its US distribution.  A24 also released Element Pictures/Lenny Abrahamson’s Room in the US earlier this year where it grossed almost €13 million.

Producer Ed Guiney commented “We are all thrilled that THE LOBSTER has opened so strongly in the US. Following its tremendous international success to date it’s really gratifying that its connected with US audiences in such a seismic way.”

THE LOBSTER opened to rave reviews this weekend with The New York Times calling it a ‘Masterpiece’ and Rolling Stone calling it a ‘Brilliant, bizarre social satire.’ The Los Angeles Times commented that it ‘Offers a rich, surreal take on modern love’ with industry bible Variety calling it a ‘Wickedly funny, unexpectedly moving satire of couple-fixated society.’

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.

It was also announced last week that Element Pictures will re-team with Yorgos for his next feature The Killing of a Sacred Deer which is due to begin production in the US this August with Colin Farrell attached.

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 LOBSTER 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.

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COLIN FARRELL AND YORGOS LANTHIMOS RE-TEAM FOR ‘KILLING OF A SACRED DEER’

Element Pictures announced today that they will re-team with Colin Farrell and visionary filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos’ for his next film THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER which starts production in the US this August. Casting of the other main roles is under way and generating industry heat.

The film will be produced by Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe’s Element Pictures, who were among the producers of Lanthimos’s last film The Lobster, as well as the recent Oscar winner Room. ‘DEER’ is written by Lanthimos and his regular collaborator, Efthymis Fillipou.

The film is fully-financed by Film4 and New Sparta Films under a partnership arrangement brokered by Hanway Films. The project was developed by Element Pictures and Film4.

HanWay Films has boarded as worldwide sales agent. A US deal has been concluded with A24. The story follows a young man that needs to take revenge, a doctor that has to make a decision, and his family that must survive.

On behalf of Element Pictures, Ed Guiney said “Yorgos is truly one of the most exciting film makers working today and he and Efthymis have written a stunningly original script. We are delighted to be re-teaming with them and the amazing Colin Farrell for ”The Killing of a Sacred Deer’. Film4 have as always been amazing backers and we look forward to working with them on the production along with our friends at HanWay and New Sparta Films.

Film4 Director David Kosse said “The calibre of cast Yorgos assembled for his first English language feature The Lobster, is testament to the regard his bold, unique vision is held in. He’s definitely one of the fastest rising filmmakers on the world stage, and Film4 are thrilled to renew our support for him on this next film, “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” which we have had fun developing with Element Pictures. We’re also very happy to be embarking on our first co-financing venture with New Sparta Films and working again with our friends at HanWay.”

New Sparta Films (NSF) MD, Nicki Hattingh, said: “NSF is thrilled to be supporting Element Pictures, Film4 and Hanway Films on Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Killing of a Sacred Deer.”  This is an incredibly prestigious project to add to our slate of creatively original and distinctive film investments. We very much look forward to working with Element and Film4 for the first time and collaborating once more with our friends at HanWay.”

HanWay Managing Director Thorsten Schumacher added: ‘We’re thrilled to be working on the next film from Yorgos Lanthimos. The terrific script will ensure “The Killing of a Sacred Deer'” is a must have project at Cannes.”

Oscar-nominated Lanthimos’ acclaimed The Lobster won the Cannes Jury Prize in 2015 and Dogtooth won Cannes’ Prix Un Certain Regard in 2009.

Golden Globe Winner Colin Farrell will next be seen in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

ROOM SWEEPS THE BOARD AT THE 2016 IFTA’S

ELEMENT PICTURES CELEBRATES MULTIPLE WINS FROM THE 2016 IFTAS

 The big winner at tonight’s  IFTA awards was undoubtedly Lenny Abrahamson and Element Pictures’ ROOM which picked up an incredible seven awards including the top awards for best film, best director, best screenplay, best score and best editing. ROOM also picked up awards for Best Sound and Best International Actress for Brie Larson. 

The Best Film award for ROOM means that Element Pictures have won 6 Best Film awards in the 13 years the IFTA’s have been running.

Director Lenny Abrahamson commented “It’s an honour to win the IFTA this year particularly given the quality of the other films in contention, and the calibre of the directors who were nominated with me. It’s an award for the incredible people I was lucky enough to work with; Emma Donoghue – whose extraordinary novel is the beginning and end of this, Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe and the whole team at Element Pictures and Distribution, and for my long time collaborators Stephen Rennicks, Nathan Nugent, Niall Brady, Steve Fanagan and Gary Curran … there’s a long list of Irish talent in involved in the film. And none of this would have been possible without the continued support and faith of the Irish Film Board. “

In a joint statement, Element Pictures Producers Ed Guiney & Andrew Lowe commented that “We are truly delighted to win these awards. It’s a huge testament to the amazing talent involved led by the incredible Lenny Abrahamson and including our amazing writer Emma Donoghue as well as our brilliant cast including Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay.  We also had an amazing crew including some very gifted Irish talent including Nathan Nugent, Stephen Rennicks, the sound post team at Ardmore/Screenscene and the picture post team at Outer Limits. We are also very grateful to the team at Element who have been with us at every step of the journey from developing to script to releasing it so successfully with Studio Canal. Huge thanks also to the Irish Film Board and Film4 who have been with us from the inception of the project.”

Told through the eyes of five-year-old-Jack (Tremblay), ROOM is a thrilling and emotional tale that celebrates the resilience and power of the human spirit. To Jack, Room is the world…. It’s where he was born, it’s where he and his Ma (Larson) eat and sleep and play and learn. But while it’s home to Jack, to Ma it’s a prison.  Through her fierce love for her son, Ma has managed to create a childhood for him in their ten-by-ten-foot space. But as Jack’s curiosity is building alongside Ma’s own desperation – she knows that Room cannot contain either indefinitely.

Element Pictures’ Ed Guiney (The Lobster, Frank, What Richard Did) produced ROOM with David Gross (What If, Goon). Executive producers are Andrew Lowe (The Lobster, Frank, The Wind that Shakes the Barley) for Element Pictures and Jeff Arkuss (What If) and Jesse Shapira (What If, Goon) for No Trace Camping. Emma Donoghue, Rose Garnett (Film 4), Tessa Ross (Film 4), and David Kosse (Film 4) also serve as executive producers. Irish finance for the film came from the Irish Film Board.

Other IFTA wins for Element Pictures Distribution are Ken Wardrop’s win for his feature Documentary Mom And Me which will be released later this year.

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ELEMENT PICTURES DISTRIBUTION ACQUIRE MOM AND ME

Element Pictures Distribution are delighted to announce that they have acquired the Irish & UK rights to Ken Wardrop’s MOM AND ME. Ken and Element previously worked together on the release of the critically acclaimed and box-office hit His & Hers in 2010 which remains the highest-grossing Irish documentary of all time.

Speaking on the upcoming release, Director Ken Wardrop commented that “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to once again be working with Element Distribution. We had an incredible journey with His & Hers and I’m hopeful that MOM AND ME will similarly capture the hearts of Irish audiences.”

MOM AND ME premiered at the 2015 Telluride Film Festival to rave reviews with The Guardian awarding the film 4 **** calling it ‘A devastating study of motherly love in US’s manliest state” and its also nominated for Best Feature Documentary at the 2016 IFTA’s.

With MOM AND ME, Wardrop weaves an exquisitely sympathetic portrait of what mothers mean to their sons in this charming and touching film, showing a vulnerable side of American masculinity that viewers rarely see. These Oklahoma men come from all walks of life, ranging from a war veteran and a prison inmate to a cowboy preacher and a district attorney. Their mothers are just as complicated: spunky, resilient, demanding, generous, and iconoclastic. As these mothers and sons ride horses, shoot guns, and discuss their deepest feelings, Wardrop’s compassionate observation reveals the universality that underlies this most particular relationship.

MOM AND ME is directed by Ken Wardrop and produced by Andrew Freedman with backing from The Irish Film Board.

Irish audiences will have the opportunity to view MOM AND ME this summer in cinemas and on-demand.

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MULTIPLE IFTA NOMINATIONS FOR ELEMENT PICTURES DISTRIBUTION

Monday March 14, 2016 – Element Pictures’ ROOM is up for an incredible eight awards at the 2016 IFTA’s including best film, best director and best script. Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay are also nominated for best international actress and best international actor respectively. Other nominations for ROOM include original music, editing & cinematography.

ROOM also swept the boards at the Canadian Screen Awards last night, as it nabbed nine prizes on the night including best film, director for Lenny Abrahamson, adapted screenplay for Emma Donoghue, best actor for Jacob Tremblay, actress for Brie Larson and best supporting actress for Joan Allen. ROOM also won awards in the art direction and make-up categories.

ROOM Producer Ed Guiney commented “We are delighted with these nominations and wins, it is very gratifying to get this recognition at home and also in Canada where we filmed ROOM for the amazing work of Lenny, Emma and our brilliant cast and crew.”

Other IFTA nominations for Element Pictures Distribution include Colin Farrell’s performance as ‘David’ in THE LOBSTER and also OLDER THAN IRELAND’S nomination for best feature documentary.

The 2016 IFTA awards will take place on April 9th in The Mansion House in Dublin.

R O O M Takes Gold at the Oscars

Monday, February 29 2016 – An incredible triumph last night for Element Pictures as ROOM scoops an Academy Award®. Brie Larson collected the award for lead actress for her performance as ‘Ma’ beating off stiff competition from Cate Blanchett (Carol), Jennifer Lawrence (Joy), Charlotte Rampling (45 Years) and Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn). Heading into the Oscars, Larson had won respective awards from the Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (Golden Globes), among many others. ROOM was nominated in all leading categories including best director for Lenny Abrahamson, best adapted screenplay for Emma Donoghue and the hotly-contested best picture category for Element Pictures producer Ed Guiney.

Speaking on the win, Guiney commented “We are so pleased for Brie and proud of her achievement. It is a testimony to Lenny’s talent as a director and Emma’s as a writer that ROOM has been so well received critically, performed so well at the box office and now pulled off this incredible coup of four Oscar nominations and one Oscar win for Brie.”

ROOM stars Brie Larson (Short Term 12, The Spectacular Now), Jacob Tremblay (The Smurfs 2, Somnia), Joan Allen (The Bourne Supremacy, Nixon) and William H. Macy (Shameless, Magnolia). Emma Donoghue adapted the screenplay from her book, the award-winning international phenomenon, ROOM.

Told through the eyes of five-year-old-Jack (Tremblay), ROOM is a thrilling and emotional tale that celebrates the resilience and power of the human spirit. To Jack, Room is the world…. It’s where he was born, it’s where he and his Ma (Larson) eat and sleep and play and learn. But while it’s home to Jack, to Ma it’s a prison. Through her fierce love for her son, Ma has managed to create a childhood for him in their ten-by-ten-foot space. But as Jack’s curiosity is building alongside Ma’s own desperation – she knows that Room cannot contain either indefinitely.

Element Pictures’ Ed Guiney (The Lobster, Frank, What Richard Did) produced ROOM with David Gross (What If, Goon). Executive producers are Andrew Lowe (The Lobster, Frank, The Wind that Shakes the Barley) for Element Pictures and Jeff Arkuss (What If) and Jesse Shapira (What If, Goon) for No Trace Camping. Emma Donoghue, Rose Garnett (Film 4), Tessa Ross (Film 4), and David Kosse (Film 4) also serve as executive producers. Irish finance for the film came from the Irish Film Board.

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TRADERS IN IRISH CINEMAS MARCH 11th

Element Pictures Distribution are delighted to announce that they will release new Irish thriller TRADERS on March 11th. TRADERS is written and directed by Rachael Moriarty & Peter Murphy and stars Killian Scott (Love/Hate, Calvary, ’71), John Bradley (Game of Thrones, Shameless), Nika McGuigan (The Secret Scripture, Mammal), Peter O’Meara ( Love/Hate, Charlie) & Barry Keoghan (’71, Mammal).

Harry Fox (Killian Scott, Love/Hate) seems to have it all, the luxury apartment, the fancy car, but when the company he works for goes bust it looks like he will lose everything. A solution is offered by Vernon Stynes (John Bradley, Game of Thrones) who has masterminded a diabolical, all-or-nothing scheme based in the Deep Web, called Trading. Two strangers empty their banks accounts, sell their assets, and put their entire worth in cash into a green sports bag. They travel to a remote location and fight to the death. Winner buries the loser and walks away twice as rich. Vernon believes Trading is a no-brainer for anyone who wants to get rich quick. Can Harry resist the lure of such a high risk gamble? It’s dangerous. It’s illegal. But it could solve all his problems.

Speaking on the release, co-directors Peter and Rachael commented that “We are delighted that Element Pictures are releasing Traders and Irish audiences will get a chance to enjoy the film on the big screen. They’ve released some of our favourite Irish films in the past few years, so it’s a real thrill for us that they’re distributing our first film.”

Coco’s Stuart Switzer (Elisa Lynch: Queen of Paraguay, 1916: The Irish Rebellion) produced TRADERS with Libby Durdy (The Stone Roses: Made of Stone, This is England ’88) and Rachel Lysaght (One Million Dubliners). Executive Producers are Paul Higgins (Submarine) and Linda Cullen (1916: The Irish Rebellion, Killers). Finance for the film came from the Irish Film Board, with Rory Gilmartin serving as the IFB’s development executive for the film.

Trailer download available here:

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ROOM SOARS AT THE BOX -OFFICE

Monday January 18, 2016 – Following last week’s incredible four Academy Award® nominations for Element Pictures’ ROOM, the film added a further 205 screens across the US this weekend, taking in $700,000, and was rewarded with a phenomenal 504% increase in the US Box office takings for the weekend. On opening weekend in Ireland, ROOM played to sell-out shows across the country with an impressive box-office of over €200,000 playing in just over 50 screens. Due to the huge demand from cinemas and audiences alike and bucking the traditional trend, ROOM will expand this week in Ireland with a 50% increase in site numbers.

Producer Ed Guiney commented “We are still processing last week’s brilliant news about Brie’s Golden Globe win and the 4 Oscar nominations. While these accolades are amazing in themselves, their impact on the box office of the film can be seen this past weekend in the 500% increase in US box office and the stellar opening numbers in Ireland and the UK. Congrats to all our distributors; A24, StudioCanal and our own team at Element Pictures Distribution.”

There was further good news for ROOM this weekend, when Brie Larson who has already won a Golden Globe for her performance, was named best actress at the Critics’ Choice Awards with her co-star Jacob Tremblay named best young actor on the night.

Continuing to impress critics, ROOM opened to raves and 5 star reviews in Ireland this weekend:
It’s a superb feat of direction from Abrahamson – Sunday Business Post 5 *****
There are moments in Room that quake the heart and mind like very few films you’ll see this year – Sunday Independent 5*****
Powerful and Haunting – Sunday World 5 *****
A Substantial achievement – Irish Times 5 *****
You really shouldn’t miss this wonderful film – Irish Daily Star 5 *****

Meanwhile in the UK, Mark Kermode of THE OBSERVER & BBC Radio 5 tweeted over the weekend, “I cannot overstress my admiration for ROOM. It really is a flawless movie.”
ROOM stars Brie Larson (Short Term 12, The Spectacular Now), Jacob Tremblay (The Smurfs 2, Somnia), Joan Allen (The Bourne Supremacy, Nixon) and William H. Macy (Shameless, Magnolia). Emma Donoghue adapted the screenplay from her book, the award-winning international phenomenon, ROOM.

Told through the eyes of five-year-old-Jack (Tremblay), ROOM is a thrilling and emotional tale that celebrates the resilience and power of the human spirit. To Jack, Room is the world…. It’s where he was born, it’s where he and his Ma (Larson) eat and sleep and play and learn. But while it’s home to Jack, to Ma it’s a prison. Through her fierce love for her son, Ma has managed to create a childhood for him in their ten-by-ten-foot space. But as Jack’s curiosity is building alongside Ma’s own desperation – she knows that Room cannot contain either indefinitely.

Element Pictures’ Ed Guiney (The Lobster, Frank, What Richard Did) produced ROOM with David Gross (What If, Goon). Executive producers are Andrew Lowe (The Lobster, Frank, The Wind that Shakes the Barley) for Element Pictures and Jeff Arkuss (What If) and Jesse Shapira (What If, Goon) for No Trace Camping. Emma Donoghue, Rose Garnett (Film 4), Tessa Ross (Film 4), and David Kosse (Film 4) also serve as executive producers. Irish finance for the film came from the Irish Film Board.

R O O M Receives Four Academy Awards® Nominations

Thursday, January 14 2016 – There was so much to celebrate in Element Picture’s Dublin offices today as their latest film ROOM was nominated for an incredible four Academy Awards®. Following her Golden Globe win on Sunday, lead actress Brie Larson continues to impress with another nomination while screenwriter Emma Donoghue was honoured with a nomination for best adapted screenplay. ROOM also secured a nomination in the hotly-contested best picture category and Lenny Abrahamson is up for best director.

Speaking on the nominations, Director Lenny Abrahamson commented “This is an incredible day for everyone involved in ROOM. Thank you to the Academy for honoring us with four nominations — it’s beyond all our wildest dreams. It is a testament to everyone who gave so much of themselves to make this film happen. I am so proud of Emma Donoghue whose incredible novel started the journey, of Ed Guiney, my filmmaking other half who has been with me, driving the train, from the beginning, and to everyone at Element Pictures Dublin, my filmmaking home, of the extraordinary Brie Larson and the prodigy that is Jacob Tremblay. Also love and thanks go to Stephen Rennicks, Nathan Nugent, Ethan Tobman and Danny Cohen, my filmmaking team. What a day for Irish cinema! I am so delighted.”

ROOM Producer Ed Guiney added “We are truly ecstatic. To get 4 nominations from the Academy especially these categories is truly amazing and beyond our wildest dreams. I am especially pleased for Lenny’s director nomination. He has done such an extraordinary job and its so brilliantly deserved. We are so grateful to our amazing cast and crew and to all our partners and financiers including of course the Irish Film Board. And also it’s a landmark day for Irish cinema – 9 nominations in total including ourselves, BROOKLYN and the short film STUTTERER. Congrats to all. What a day.”

The 88th Oscars® will be hosted by comedian Chris Rock & held on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

ROOM stars Brie Larson (Short Term 12, The Spectacular Now), Jacob Tremblay (The Smurfs 2, Somnia), Joan Allen (The Bourne Supremacy, Nixon) and William H. Macy (Shameless, Magnolia). Emma Donoghue adapted the screenplay from her book, the award-winning international phenomenon, ROOM.

Told through the eyes of five-year-old-Jack (Tremblay), ROOM is a thrilling and emotional tale that celebrates the resilience and power of the human spirit. To Jack, Room is the world…. It’s where he was born, it’s where he and his Ma (Larson) eat and sleep and play and learn. But while it’s home to Jack, to Ma it’s a prison. Through her fierce love for her son, Ma has managed to create a childhood for him in their ten-by-ten-foot space. But as Jack’s curiosity is building alongside Ma’s own desperation – she knows that Room cannot contain either indefinitely.

Element Pictures’ Ed Guiney (The Lobster, Frank, What Richard Did) produced ROOM with David Gross (What If, Goon). Executive producers are Andrew Lowe (The Lobster, Frank, The Wind that Shakes the Barley) for Element Pictures and Jeff Arkuss (What If) and Jesse Shapira (What If, Goon) for No Trace Camping. Emma Donoghue, Rose Garnett (Film 4), Tessa Ross (Film 4), and David Kosse (Film 4) also serve as executive producers. Irish finance for the film came from the Irish Film Board.

Irish audiences will have the opportunity to see ROOM when it is released tomorrow Friday, January 15th across the country.