THE LOBSTER WILL HIT THE BIG SCREEN ON OCTOBER 16

THE LOBSTER, Yorgos Lanthimos’s critically acclaimed Cannes hit, will be released simultaneously in the UK & Ireland on 16 October 2015 by Element Pictures Distribution and PictureHouse Entertainment.

A surreal, romantic drama and winner of the Jury Prize at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, THE LOBSTER stars Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz with a supporting cast including Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, John C.Reilly, Olivia Colman and Ashley Jensen.

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 film is the English language debut of Greek director Lanthimos, who first came to international prominence with debut feature Dogtooth, winner of the Un Certain Regard Prize in Cannes and nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2011 Academy Awards.

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 with Isabel Davis as the lead executive for the BFI Film Fund. The film was developed by Element and Irish finance for the film came from the Irish Film Board with Rory Gilmartin as the lead executive for the IFB.

THE LOBSTER will be released in Ireland by Element Pictures Distribution on 16 October 2015.

Element Pictures Distribution are delighted to announce that they have acquired the Irish & UK rights to Mark Noonan’s debut feature YOU’RE UGLY TOO.

The film stars Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones) as Will, who is released from prison on compassionate leave to care for his niece Stacey (Lauran Kinsella; Albert Nobbs), after the death of her mother. As they both head into the sleepy Irish midlands and attempt to be a family, they suffer a series of setbacks. Stacey is refused admission to the local school because of her recently developed narcolepsy; Will repeatedly comes close to breaking his prison-ordered curfew; and his attempts at being a father figure to her prove disastrous…

 

YOU’RE UGLY TOO had its world premiere earlier this year at  the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival where it was praised by critics and audiences alike with the Hollywood Reporter commenting that “the film showcases lovely, unforced performances from Aidan Gillen and Lauren Kinsella .”

 

Ahead of its Irish Release, YOU’RE UGLY TOO will screen as part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June in the New Perspective Strand  which celebrates work from emerging filmmakers. In July, the film will return home to screen as part of the much-loved Galway Film Fleadh with an Irish release date set up July 24th

 

Speaking on the release, Director Mark Noonan commented that “We’re very excited to be working with Element Pictures Distribution for the forthcoming release of  YOU’RE UGLY  TOO.  The film was made with lots of love by an extremely talented cast and crew, and I’m thrilled we’re going to be able to share that with Irish audiences this summer.”

 

YOU’RE UGLY TOO was produced by John Keville and Conor Barry for Savage Productions and was written and directed by Mark Noonan. The film was funded by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board.

 

YOU’RE UGLY TOO Trailer: https://vimeo.com/118441325

ELEMENT PICTURES CELEBRATES MULTIPLE WINS FROM THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL & THE IFTAS

There’s much to celebrate tonight for leading Irish Production Company Element Pictures as their latest feature THE LOBSTER picks up the highly coveted award for The Jury Prize  at the closing ceremony of the 68th Cannes Film Festival.

 

THE LOBSTER marks Element Pictures sixth film in official selection at Cannes in recent years and its third win with 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 “It’s a complete dream to get into the main competition at Cannes but then to win this amazing award is a huge and brilliant accolade for the film, for Yorgos and for our brilliant cast and crew.”

 

Featuring an all-star cast including Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Léa Seydoux, John C Reilly, Ben Whishaw, Olivia Colman and Michael Smiley, THE LOBSTER is a blackly funny love story set in a near future where finding love is a matter of life or death. Irish Audiences will have the chance to see THE LOBSTER when it goes on release in the Autumn through Element Pictures Distribution.

 

Element Pictures also took home a total of four awards from the Mansion House tonight, including Best Director for Lenny Abrahamson’s FRANK with Domhnall Gleeson taking home the award for Best supporting actor also for FRANK where he plays a wannabe musician who quickly finds out he’s bitten off more than he can chew when he’s joins a band of eccentric pop musicians. James Mather picked up the best cinematography award for FRANK with Aiden Gillen scooping the award for actor in lead role in drama for CHARLIE.

 

In a joint comment, Element Pictures Producers Ed Guiney & Andrew Lowe commented that “These awards are a wonderful testament to all the brilliant film makers, cast and crew we have worked with over the last year or so. We are very proud and feel very lucky to have had the chance to collaborate with them all.”

FILMNATION ENTERTAINMENT SELLS OUT INTERNATIONAL IN CANNES LENNY ABRAHAMSON’S ROOM STARRING BRIE LARSON

May 18, 2015 (Cannes) – FilmNation Entertainment announced today that they have sold out international rights in Cannes to Lenny Abrahamson’s (Frank, What Richard Did)  feature film ROOM, produced by Element Pictures and No Trace Camping. Emma Donoghue adapted the screenplay from her book, the award-winning international phenomenon, Room.

The film 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). Also in the cast are Sean Bridgers (Rectify), Tom McCamus (The Samaritan) and Megan Park (What If).

Some territories sold include: Universal in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Benelux, Scandinavia and LatAm; Studiocanal in the UK; Village Roadshow in Australia; Culture Entertainment in Japan; Elevation Pictures in Canada; Lev Films in Israel; Monolith in Poland; Spentzos in Greece; Sam Films in Iceland; Italia in the Middle East; Elite Film in Switzerland; Aqua/Pinema in Turkey; Bravos in Hong Kong; Blitz in Ex-Yugoslavia; Ster Kinekor in South Africa; IPA in Thailand; PT Amero/Prima in Indonesia; Shaw in Singapore; Contents Gate in South Korea; Maison Motion in Taiwan; and Fox International Channels for Pan Asian Pay TV.

 

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 LobsterFrank, What Richard Did) produced ROOM with David Gross (What If, Goon). Executive producers are Andrew Lowe (The LobsterFrank, 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 was filmed at Pinewood Studios and on location in Toronto, and was post produced at Screen Scene in Dublin. The creative team includes director of photography Danny Cohen (The King’s Speech), production designer Ethan Tobman (That Awkward Moment), costume designer Lea Carlson (Take This Waltz), and Abrahamson’s regular collaborators, editor Nathan Nugent (Frank) and composer Stephen Rennicks (Frank, What Richard Did).

ROOM is an Element Pictures and No Trace Camping production, in association with Film4, Telefilm Canada, and the Irish Film Board. A24 will distributor the film in the US, and Elevation Pictures is distributing the film in Canada. UTA handled the domestic sale. FilmNation Entertainment handled all international sales.

FRANK SECURES US DISTRIBUTION AT SUNDANCE

Element Pictures is delighted to announce that Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to Lenny Abrahamson’s offbeat comedy FRANK following intense distributor interest after its world premiere to critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival.

Industry bible VARIETY called FRANK a “weird and wonderful musical comedy” with the highly influential INDIEWIRE describing the film as “a terrific and sublime experience.” THE NEW YORK POST said it is “One of the more tantalizing offerings at this year’s festival”. TOTAL FILM said its  “totally unique and funny”. According to VANITY FAIR, FRANK had “Perfect casting, Fassbender is amazing.” More praise came from EMPIRE magazine saying that “Fassbender reveals a previously hidden genius for physical comedy but the show belongs to Gleeson, the everyman who guides us through all this bittersweet madness.” Both THE DAILY BEAST and SPIN magazine called it the best film of the festival in their round-ups.

Directed by Lenny Abrahamson (What Richard Did, Garage, Adam & Paul), the film was written by Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare At Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy).  FRANK stars Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gylenhaal, Scoot McNairy and Michael Fassbender as the titular character, a brilliant and eccentric musician who wears a giant fake head at all times.

FRANK was produced by Ed Guiney, David Barron and Stevie Lee, and executive producers are Tessa Ross, Katherine Butler, Andrew Lowe and Nigel Williams. FRANK is an Element Pictures/Runaway Fridge production for Film4, BFI, Protagonist Pictures and the Irish Film Board. FRANK was filmed in Ireland and the USA and utilised the tax incentive Section 481 in addition to Irish Film Board investment.

Gleeson plays Jon, a wannabe musician who finds himself out of his depth when he joins a maverick pop band led by the enigmatic Frank (Fassbender)—a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head—and his terrifying sidekick Clara (Gyllenhaal). It is a fictional story loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the persona of cult musician and comedy legend Chris Sievey, as well as other outsider musicians like Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart.

Speaking from Park City Lenny Abrahamson said: “I’m delighted that FRANK has found a home in the US with Magnolia. I know that the team there has a genuine passion for FRANK. Along with their skill and experience this makes them the right partners to bring the film to its audience there.”

Producer Ed Guiney said “Magnolia is an incredibly innovative and exciting company and we have long wanted to work with them. They are the perfect partners for FRANK and we could not be happier that we have landed with them and we are very excited about their plans for the US.”

James Hickey, Chief Executive, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board “We are delighted that FRANK has received such a positive international reaction after its World Premiere at Sundance. Lenny Abrahamson is one of Ireland’s leading directors and FRANK showcases a host of Irish talent including Irish actors Domhnall Gleeson and Michael Fassbender. We hope this US sale will be the first of many international  deals signed for this film.”

FRANK will be released in Ireland and the UK in May.

ELEMENT PICTURES AND LENNY ABRAHAMSON ANNOUNCE FIRST LOOK DEAL

Following the world premiere of Lenny Abrahamson’s FRANK at the Sundance Film Festival last night, Element Pictures announce a first look deal which covers film and television projects for the film maker to write, direct and produce.

Abrahamson’s productions with Element include his acclaimed feature films ADAM &PAUL (produced with Speers Film), GARAGE and WHAT RICHARD DID and the award winning TV series PROSPERITY.

FRANK,  is their latest collaboration and stars Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy and Michael Fassbender in an offbeat comedy about a wannabe musician who finds himself out of his depth when he joins a maverick rock band led by the enigmatic Frank – a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head. FRANK is an Element Pictures/Runaway Fridge production for Film4, BFI, Protagonist Pictures and the Irish Film Board.

The upcoming Abrahamson/Element slate features a number of film and television projects including ROOM, based on the bestselling novel by Emma Donoghue.

Ed Guiney said “Andrew (Lowe, co-director of Element Pictures) and I feel very lucky indeed to be working with Lenny, a truly unique, once in a lifetime film making talent whose international reputation is growing rapidly. Our friendship goes back almost 30 years to when we started making films together in college. We now want to formalise what has been a very successful relationship with Element over the last decade and support Lenny in his intention to make ever more impactful and high profile film and television projects. We will do this by allowing him to develop his ambition both as a film maker of his own films as well as a creative collaborator with other talent, a role at which he also excels. We expect this partnership to be a very productive and vibrant source of distinctive and successful new projects for the international marketplace over the coming years.”

Lenny Abrahamson said, “Making films with Ed is the most natural thing in the world for me. We work so well together, with a trust, an ease and a creative understanding that has deepened over the years.  I am keenly aware of how unusual a relationship like ours is in the film industry and this deal underscores our intention to preserve and develop it. In Element Pictures, Ed and Andrew have built a company with an international reputation for producing excellent work. I’m proud to make it my home as a film maker and very very excited at the prospect of the work we will produce together.

Abrahamson was represented in negotiations by Rachel Holroyd, his agent at Casarotto, Ramsay and Associates in London.

LENNY ABRAHAMSON’S ‘FRANK’ RECEIVING IT’S WORLD PREMIERE AT SUNDANCE

Fassbender, Gleeson at Sundance with World Premiere of Abrahamson’s FRANK

Element Pictures are delighted with today’s announcement that Lenny Abrahamson’s much anticipated FRANK has been selected to screen as part of the prestigious Premiere’s section at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, January 16-26, which showcases the very best of independent cinema.

FRANK is an offbeat comedy about a wannabe musician who finds himself out of his depth when he joins a maverick rock band led by the enigmatic Frank – a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head.

FRANK stars Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy and Michael Fassbender and is directed by Lenny Abrahamson (Adam & Paul, Garage, What Richard Did).  Written by Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare At Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Men Who Stare At Goats), FRANK is a fictional story based on the memoir by Jon Ronson and loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom (the persona of cult musician and comedy legend Chris Sievey), as well as outsider musicians like Daniel Johnston, Captain Beefheart and Harry Partch.

The film is produced by Ed Guiney (What Richard Did, The Guard), David Barron (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Part 2, Jack Ryan) and Stevie Lee (The Making of a Lady). The director of photography is James Mather (Adam & Paul), the production designer is Richard Bullock (StreetDance 3D, Spike Island) and music is by regular Abrahamson collaborator, Stephen Rennicks. Tessa Ross, Katherine Butler, Andrew Lowe and Nigel Williams are executive producers.

This is Element Picture’s fifth film in official selection at Sundance in recent years;  in 2009 Five Minutes of Heaven won the World Cinema Screenwriting Award for Guy Hibbert and the World Cinema Directing Award for Oliver Hirschbiegel. The Guard opened the festival in 2011 to a rapturous reception and in 2012 both James Marsh’s Shadow Dancer and Paolo Sorrentino’s This Must be the Place played to great acclaim at the Festival.

Speaking on the selection, Director Abrahamson said “It’s wonderful news that FRANK has been selected for Sundance. I can’t think of a better place for this film to begin its life. “

Producer Ed Guiney said “Sundance is the perfect place to launch the worldwide campaign of this great new film from Lenny Abrahamson. And its great to be there with fellow Irishmen and collaborators, Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson.”

FRANK is an Element Pictures / Runaway Fridge Production for Film4 and the British Film Institute in association with Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board and Protagonist Pictures.

Irish audiences will get an opportunity to see FRANK in cinemas when it goes on theatrical release on May 2 2014

VOLTA.IE ANNOUNCES SECOND ANNUAL STREAMS: THE EUROPEAN ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL

Volta, the video on demand platform for Irish and international independent films, today announced the programme for the 2nd annual STREAMS: The European Online Film Festival, which will run from November 15th 2013 to December 15th 2013 on www.volta.ie.

The online film festival will run simultaneously on nine Video on Demand platforms across Europe (all members of EuroVOD) and will give Irish audiences exclusive access to seventeen recent European feature films and documentaries that haven’t yet premiered outside of their national territories. All foreign language films have English subtitles and users can opt to stream films individually for €2.99 or buy a festival pass for €24.99 to enjoy all the films at a lower cost.

Highlights include Mama Illegal, an Austrian documentary which follows three Moldovan women over seven years who have left their families to work illegally as cleaners in Austria. Their struggles reflect those of illegal and trafficked women everywhere, whose dreams of a brighter future are often not realised. Gourmands nationwide will love Entre Les Bras, a French documentary on three Michelin starred chef Michel Bras and his decision to hand over his restaurant to his son, Sebastien, who has been working with him for 15 years. This is a moving and joyful portrait of an outstanding family who have devoted themselves to Haute Cuisine for three generations.

Audiences across Europe will now also have the chance to see Irish films Silence andTim Robinson: Connemara, both directed by Pat Collins, which are the official Irish entries for the festival. STREAMS is the first festival of its kind in Europe and titles will be available to stream on volta.ie for a month. The carefully curated selection showcases an incredible mix of feature films and documentaries from across Europe.

The films:

      • Shelter (Podslon), by Dragomir Sholev, Comedy / Drama, 2010, Bulgaria

 

      • Love.net, by Ilian Djevelekov, Drama / Romance, 2011, Bulgaria

 

      • Entre les bras, Paul Lacoste, Documentary, 2011, France

 

      • Chercher le garçon, Dorothée Sebbagh, Drama, 2012, France

 

      • Nice Guy, Pascal Bergamin, 2011, Drama, Switzerland

 

      • Mary & Johnny, Samuel Schwarz & Julian Grünthal, Drama, 2011, Switzerland

 

      • Otel-lo, Hammudi Al-Rahmoun, Drama, 2012, Spain

 

      • Enxaneta, Alfonso Amador, Drama, 2012, Spain

 

      • Mama Illegal, Ed Moschitz, Documentary, 2011, Austria

 

      • Anfang 80, Sabine Hiebler & Gerhard Ertl, Drama, 2011, Austria

 

      • De leur vivant, Géraldine Doignon, Drama, 2012, Belgium

 

      • Twa Timoun, Jonas D’Adesky, Drama, 2012, Belgium

 

      • Leg ihn um, Jan Schütte, Comedy, 2012, Germany

 

      • Kleine Verbrechen (Small Crime), Christos Georgiou, Comedy, 2008, Germany

 

      • Silence, Pat Collins, Drama, 2012, Ireland

 

      • Tim Robinson: Connemara, Pat Collins, Documentary, 2012, Ireland

 

    • XL, Martein Thorsson, Drama, 2013, Iceland

By logging on to volta.ie or www.streamsfilmfestival.com (from November 15th) fans can enjoy films selected for the festival and also access exclusive editorial content and video bonuses.

LENNY ABRAHAMSON AND ELEMENT PICTURES TO BRING EMMA DONOGHUE’S ACCLAIMED ROOM TO THE SCREEN

Lenny Abrahamson (What Richard Did, Garage) will direct the film adaptation of the international bestseller ROOM, with a script by author Emma Donoghue, and Ed Guiney of Element Pictures producing.

Shortlisted for the Man Booker, Orange and Commonwealth Prizes, ROOM has sold two and half million copies in English and appeared in thirty-five other languages.

ROOM tells the story of Jack, a five-year-old growing up somewhere in America in an 11-by-11-foot shed he believes to be the whole world; his playful, devoted young mother has shielded him from the truth that they are captives.

The New York Times hailed Donoghue’s novel as ‘one of the pure triumphs of recent fiction… palm-sweatingly harrowing’, while Time called it ‘a feat of infectious claustrophobia’; the Irish Times described it as ‘part childhood adventure story, part adult thriller… above all the most vivid, radiant and beautiful expression of maternal love’.

Abrahamson, who is currently in post-production on his feature Frank, starring Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Michael Fassbender, says ‘ROOM is an extraordinary novel – deeply original, harrowing, full of moments of almost unbearable tension, but also – and this is what is so special about it – profoundly life-affirming. From the moment I read it I wanted to make it for the screen and so I am truly delighted to be working with Emma on the film adaptation.’

Emma Donoghue, who lives in Canada, began writing the screenplay as soon as ROOM (her seventh novel) was published. She is overjoyed to be making the film with her fellow Dubliners Abrahamson and Guiney. ‘It wasn’t just Lenny’s award-winning, impeccably honest films that won me over, but a ten-page letter he sent me, describing with passionate intelligence his vision of how to translate my novel into cinema. As an Irish company with strong international relationships, Element has a track record of combining artistic integrity and commercial appeal, which gives me confidence that ROOM is going to be something very special.’

Ed Guiney (The Guard, Shadow Dancer), who has been involved the production of all of Abrahamson’s films says ‘from the moment we first encountered ROOM we were entranced by the story and the possibility of making it as a film. I couldn’t be more excited about what Lenny and Emma will do in adapting this remarkable novel for the screen.’

Donoghue’s screen agent for ROOM, United Talent Agency negotiated the film rights on behalf of the author and publishing agents Kathy Anderson in New York and Caroline Davidson in London. UTA is also representing North American rights in the film and will work closely with Element on its financing.

WHAT RICHARD DID HITS NEW YORK CINEMAS FROM TODAY, FRIDAY MAY 10

Recently screened as part of the TRIBECA Film Festival, WHAT RICHARD DID continues to receive unanimous acclaim with The New York Times naming it as it ‘Pick Of The Week’ and praising it for “one of the most compelling scenes to be found in any film so far this year, Richard comes unstrung and howls with anguish and panic that go to the very core of him.”

The New York Post is equally impressed by Jack Reynor who “gives a title-role performance of exceptional breadth and range “and Time Out New York describes the film as ‘Gut-Wrenching’ with a 4 **** review.

Adapted from Kevin Power’s novel BAD DAY IN BLACKROCK and written by Malcolm Campbell (SKINS, SHAMELESS), WHAT RICHARD DID is the third film from acclaimed director Lenny Abrahamson, whose previous work includes GARAGE and ADAM & PAUL. He is currently in post-production on FRANK which stars Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

WHAT RICHARD DID features an ensemble of young Irish actors including Róisín Murphy, Sam Kelly and Jack Reynor, who has recently signed with US talent agency WME and is tipped to be the next big acting talent to come out of Ireland.

WHAT RICHARD DID is now available on DVD and On-Demand.