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).

TRADERS tells the story of Harry Fox (Scott) 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 (Bradley) 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, 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 a 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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YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XleAc2a_i0M

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.

R O O M Receives Triple Golden Globe® Nominations

Element Pictures Production ROOM continues on its award path with Golden Globe® nominations across three leading categories including Best Motion Picture Drama, Best Screenplay for and Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama.

The 73rd annual Golden Globe® awards will take place on January 10, will be hosted by Ricky Gervais and is viewed in more than 160 countries worldwide.

Speaking on the nominations, Director Lenny Abrahamson commented “”I want to thank the HFPA for this incredible honor. For an independent film like Room to be nominated for Best Picture for the Golden Globes is an extraordinary vote of confidence and a tribute to the amazing work done by all the talented people involved in the production. I am particularly delighted for Brie Larson and Emma Donoghue. Their unique artistry is being recognized today.”

ROOM Producer Ed Guiney added “I am absolutely thrilled with both SAG and the Golden Globes nominations. Its such a testament to Brie, Jacob, Emma and of course Lenny. As well as the brilliant and well deserved recognition for the team these nominations also give the film incredible momentum at the box office.”
ROOM has been a huge hit since it played to standing ovations at its world premiere in Telluride earlier this year and scooping the prestigious People’s Choice award at the Toronto International Film Festival. ROOM has also received multiple nominations for the Independent Spirit awards and this week picked up the best international independent film award at the BIFA’s aswell as nominations for Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay for the Screen Actors Guild awards.

A one-of-a-kind, must-see experience – New York Post
Jacob Tremblay is a startling revelation – The Guardian
Two extraordinary performances in one extraordinary film – The Sunday Business Post
One of the best movies of the decade -Chicago Sun Times
Room confirms Abrahamson as one of the world’s finest filmmakers – The Sunday Independent
Life affirming and awe-inspiring -Collider

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.

ROOM will be released in Ireland on January 15, 2016

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.

OLDER THAN IRELAND Lands Top 5 Position in Irish DVD Charts

Fresh from its tremendous run in Irish cinemas, OLDER THAN IRELAND continues to capture the hearts of the nation as it lands a Top 5 position in the Irish DVD Charts, the biggest home entertainment opening for an Irish film this year.

Speaking of the result, Karen O’Malley, Head of Home Entertainment for Element Pictures Distribution said “It’s fantastic to see an independent Irish film sit alongside Hollywood blockbusters in the charts.  We’re delighted with the strong support from our retailers and Irish customers, who are helping to make Older Than Ireland essential DVD viewing this Christmas.”

Hailed as “an overwhelmingly heart-warming, heart-breaking and life affirming film” OLDER THAN IRELAND tells the story of a hundred years of life as seen through the eyes of thirty Irish centenarians; from their birth at the dawn of Irish independence to their life in modern day Ireland.

Directed by Alex Fegan and produced by Snackbox Films, OLDER THAN IRELAND is available to own on DVD from retailers nationwide (RRP €14.99) and On Demand from iTunes and Volta.  Visit www.olderthanireland.ie for more details.

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.

 

OLDER THAN IRELAND – A BOX- OFFICE SUCCESS WILL HIT SHELVES ON NOVEMBER 20

Element Picture’s Distribution are delighted with their continued success in releasing Irish Documentaries. Their latest feat is with Alex Fegan’s much loved OLDER THAN IRELAND which has currently grossed  over  €155k at the Irish box-office and still continues to play strong into week 8 of release .The positive word of mouth and glowing reviews has propelled the film to play in over 35 cinemas and venues since release, reaching audiences that would previously not get the opportunity to see this genre of film.

 

To date, Element Pictures Distribution have released the top 3 grossing  Irish Documentaries in Ireland with Ken Wardrop’s much acclaimed His & Hers still the No. 1 Irish Documentary with a total box-office of €286000.  This is now followed by OLDER THAN IRELAND and then Joel Conroy’s powerful surfing documentary Waveriders which EPD released in 2009 which grossed €110000. Such strong numbers highlight that documentaries can really compete with feature films with significant box-office potential.

 

Speaking on their recent success with OLDER THAN IRELAND, Audrey Shields, head of distribution at

“We are delighted with the tremendous success of OLDER THAN IRELAND and to work once again with Alex following THE IRISH PUB.  His ability to capture unique Irish stories full of warmth and wisdom is testament to his skill of getting to the heart of what makes us Irish.  Building on our experience of reaching Irish audiences throughout the country – from multiplex cinemas to local venues, the film enjoyed 8 weeks of sell out Dublin screenings and succeeded in reaching audiences right across Ireland from Waterford to Tralee, Galway to Bundoran.  Both young and old have laughed and cried as they shared in the memories of these amazing centenarians.”  Audrey Sheils

 

Karen O’Malley, Head of Home Entertainment  commented “I’m very happy to announce that Older Than Ireland will be available to own on DVD & On Demand on Friday, 20th November.  Soon audiences will be able to share this beautifully unique film on DVD with their loved ones for Christmas.  Pre-orders are flying out the door and from November 20th you’ll find the DVD in a wide network of retailers nationwide, including: HMV, Xtra-vision, Tesco, Supervalu, Golden Discs, Tower Records, Eason and Heatons, or order your copy online from ElementPictures.ie and Amazon.  For On Demand viewing you’ll find Older Than Ireland on iTunes and Volta.ie.”

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.

ELEMENT’S THE LOBSTER JOINT LEADER IN NOMINATIONS FOR EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS

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THE LOBSTER, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos has landed 5 nominations at this year’s European Film Awards including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor for Colin Farrell, Best Screenplay and a previously announced technical win for costume design. This follows last week’s announcement the the film topped the nominations for British Independent Film Awards with an incredible seven nominations in total.

The 28th European Film Awards will be held on 12 December in Berlin where more than 3,000 EFA members will vote on the winners.

Following rave reviews, THE LOBSTER is playing in Irish & UK Cinemas where it has grossed over £1 million to date, deemed a break out figure for any independent film. The film is also currently on release in France, Benelux, Australia and Greece where it is returning strong box office figures. It will be released across the globe over the coming months.

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

THE LOBSTER is in cinemas now.