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Element Pictures Distribution acquires festival hit WITHOUT NAME

Element Pictures Distribution today announced that they have acquired UK and Ireland distribution rights to Lorcan Finnegan’s festival hit WITHOUT NAME, which had its Irish premiere on February 18th, at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival.

The eco-horror had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and followed with sold out screenings at the BFI London Film Festival, SITGES International Fantastic Film Festival, and the inaugural Brooklyn Horror Film Festival where it scooped awards for Best Director, Best Editor, Best Cinematography and Best Feature. The Guardian have described WITHOUT NAME as being “so trippy it makes Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England look like an afternoon at the tax office.”

Finnegan’s debut feature centres around land surveyor Eric (Alan McKenna) who travels to a remote and unnamed Irish woodland, to assess its suitability for a new development project. Here, he sets up temporary residence, in an old unused house, right in the midst of the forest. Eric learns about the man who once occupied the house and begins to discover that all is not what it would appear to be in the woods. The idyllic backdrop almost seems to speak back to him and an ominous lingering presence fills him with a sense of dread. Alone and alienated from urban existence, he becomes increasingly fascinated yet disturbed by his surroundings. Are there really external and sinister elements at play here or is Eric becoming a prisoner of his own thoughts, in this place Without Name?

Director Lorcan Finnegan, Producer Brunella Cocchiglia and Lead Actor Niamh Algar have all been nominated for ADIFF’s Discovery Award which will be announced at the end of the festival. Previous winners of this award include Ken Wardrop, Barry Keoghan and Aidan Gillen.

Finnegan, writer Garret Shanley and producer Brunella Cocchiglia developed WITHOUT NAME with funding from the 2014 Irish Film Board ‘Catalyst Project’ scheme. The film stars Alan Mc Kenna and Niamh Algar.

Finnegan is currently collaborating with Shanley (FOXES/WITHOUT NAME) on the sci-fi nightmare ‘VIVARIUM’, dystopian tragedy ‘GOLIATH’, and supernatural thriller ‘NOCEBO’.

WITHOUT NAME will be released in Ireland on May 5th.

To download and view trailer please find links below:

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/204871013

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FipBYdS5kEA

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GOLDEN GLOBE® WIN FOR BRIE LARSON IN LENNY ABRAHAMSON’S ROOM

Brie Larson picked up a Golden Globe® yesterday for her performance as ‘Ma’ in the Element Pictures production ROOM. This is the latest in a series of accolades bestowed upon the film since it premiered at the Telluride Film Festival to raves back in September. It went on to win the prestigious People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival and its stars Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay have received multiple nominations and wins throughout the awards season calendar. Last month ROOM scooped the best International Film Award at the BIFA’s and has also received multiple noms for the Independent Spirit Awards due to take place in February 2016. Last night, ROOM was up for three awards across leading categories including Best Motion Picture Drama, Best Screenplay and Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama.

Commenting on last night’s win, Element Pictures Producer Ed Guiney said “This is an incredible win for Brie but also for all of us – for Lenny’s truly amazing work as director and for Emma’s brilliant script and for the work of our wonderful cast and crew. We could not be happier.”

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 –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. Irish finance for the film came from the Irish Film Board.

Irish audiences will have the opportunity to see ROOM when it is released this 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

ABRAHAMSON’S ROOM SCOOPS TOP PRIZE AT TORONTO

Dublin, Ireland, September 20 – Element Pictures are delighted to announce that the much praised ROOM picked up the coveted People’s Choice Award at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, considered the festival’s major prize. In what is a non competitive festival, the award is voted on by audiences and is often an indication of things to come during Oscar season. 12 Years a Slave, Slumdog Millionaire and The King’s Speech all won the TIFF People’s Choice audience award and went on to win Best Film at the Oscars.

ROOM has been a huge autumn festival hit, playing to standing ovations both in Toronto and at its world premiere in Telluride earlier this month.

Beautifully handled adaptation – Variety
Unforgettable, must-witness performances- The Playlist
Exquisite and heart-breaking – HitFlix
Triumph of independent filmmaking at its very best – Deadline
Relentlessly compelling adaptation – IndieWire
Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay are a wonder – The Huffington Post
Suspenseful and heartrending – Variety
One –of- a-kind, must-see experience – The New York Post

Director Lenny Abrahamson said, ‘I am so honoured that ROOM has been chosen by the TIFF audience to win the Grolsch People’s choice award. The program this year was full of extraordinary films, and for such a knowledgeable, film-loving audience to choose ours as their film of the festival is something of which I will always be hugely proud. It is a testament to the incredible talent and passion of all who made this film; cast and crew and those who backed us and had faith in us from the beginning. ‘

Producer Ed Guiney added, ‘This win is a major accolade and a huge tribute to Lenny, Emma and the rest of the amazing cast and crew. Toronto is one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world with more than 300 films playing over 10 days so this award gives us great momentum as we head towards our North American release next month’.

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 the US on October 16 through A24 & in Ireland & the UK on January 29

*Previous winners include: Shine, Life Is Beautiful, American Beauty ,Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon , Amélie, Slumdog Millionaire, Precious , The King’s Speech , Silver Linings Playbook , 12 Years a Slave & The Imitation Game.

ROOM WOWS AT TORONTO

DUBLIN, IRELAND, September 16 – Following the rapturous acclaim for ROOM at its world premiere earlier this month in Telluride, Abrahamson’s latest film continues to impress and build on its award momentum at the renowned Toronto International Film Festival.

Vanity Fair comment that “young indie actress (Brie Larson) is gaining Oscar buzz for her performance in the adaptation of the hit novel.” With Entertainment Weekly praising the performance of 8 year old Jacob Tremblay tipping him to be “this year’s Quvenzhané Wallis” come awards time.

The Evening Standard award the film 4 **** with the highly influential film site Collider equally impressed commenting that “Larson and Tremblay are astounding from start to finish. They’re the film’s emotional core, and it’s an absolute joy to watch them.” The Huffington Post also hail the two central performances“Brie Larson And Jacob Tremblay Are A Wonder.”

The New York Post write that ROOM has become one of the “most talked-about films at the Toronto International Film Festival … But see it you must for the Oscar-caliber Larson and young Tremblay, whose remarkable mother-and-child bond is nothing sort of astonishing to watch.”

From Toronto, ROOM Producer Ed Guiney commented “We had an amazing reaction in Toronto last night with 3 standing ovations at the premiere of Room. It sets us up brilliantly to build toward the US and international release and makes us a real contender for the awards season.”

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 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 distribute 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.

ROOM will be released in the US on October 16 through A24 & in Ireland & the UK on January 29

Element Pictures’ 11 MINUTES selected for the Toronto International Film Festival

Following the previous announcement that two of Element Pictures upcoming productions, the hotly anticipated ROOM (Lenny Abrahamson) & Cannes winner THE LOBSTER (Yorgos Lanthimos) are screening at the Toronto Festival, Element Pictures are thrilled that another Element Pictures production is also Toronto bound.

Jerzy Skolimowski’s 11 MINUTES will now screen at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival, which runs from September 10 -20. This latest Skolimowski is the Polish director’s second collaboration with Element Pictures.

The film stars Richard Dormer (Good Vibrations, ’71, Game of Thrones) in the lead role of a film director. It follows the same 11 minutes in the lives of several different characters; young and old, prosperous and destitute. Some story elements surprisingly intertwine; others follow their own intricate rhythm.

Commenting on the selection of 11 MINUTES, Element Pictures Producer Ed Guiney “we’re delighted to have 3 films in Toronto. It’s a brilliant platform for the very best of world cinema and we are delighted and honoured that these films have been selected. As ever it’s a testament to the amazing film makers we are lucky enough to be working with.”

Irish audiences will get an opportunity to see 11 MINUTES in cinemas when it goes on theatrical release next year through Element Pictures Distribution.

11 MINUTES is produced by Ewa Piaskowska of Skopia Film and co-produced by Andrew Lowe and Ed Guiney of Element Pictures and is backed by the Irish Film Board.