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.

Element Pictures Productions Bound For Top International Film Festivals

Element Pictures are delighted that two of its major upcoming productions are set to screen at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, which is widely considered to be one of the top film festivals in the world, with a further announcement today that Jerzy Skolimowski’s 11 MINUTES, which is co-produced by Element will compete at the illustrious 72nd Venice Film Festival.

Lenny Abrahamson’s much anticipated ROOM will have its Canadian Premiere this September in Toronto.  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).  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. ROOM will be released in the US on October 16 through A24.

 

Following its hugely successful world premiere in Cannes this summer where it picked up the prestigious Jury Prize, Yorgos Lanthimos’s  THE LOBSTER will continue on the festival circuit with its North American Premiere now confirmed for Toronto.  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 LOBSTER will be released in Irish & UK cinemas on October 16.

 

Skolimowski’s 11 MINUTES will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, which runs from September 2nd to September 12th.   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.

 

Speaking on the selections, Element Pictures Producer Ed Guiney commented that “it’s a real privilege to work with such visionary directors and to bring all of these incredible films to such top-class festivals is something we are incredibly proud of.”

Principal Photography on the feature film ROOM begins today

Lenny Abrahamson (Frank, What Richard Did) has begun principal photography on the 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 joining the cast are Sean Bridgers (Rectify), Tom McCamus (The Samaritan) and Megan Park (What If).
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 (Frank, The Guard, What Richard Did) is producing ROOM with David Gross (What If, Goon). Executive producers are Andrew Lowe (Frank, The Guard, 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) and Tessa Ross (Film 4) also serve as executive producers.
Producer Ed Guiney commented that “ROOM is a collaboration between two of Ireland’s greatest creative talents; Emma Donoghue, who wrote the screenplay based on her bestselling and international lauded book and Lenny Abrahamson, undoubtedly one of the most gifted film makers working anywhere right now.  I am certain that they will deliver something truly extraordinary and I am thrilled to be part of this amazing venture.”
ROOM is being filmed at Pinewood Studios and on location in Toronto, and will be 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 Telefilm Canada, Film4, and the Irish Film Board. A24 has acquired rights to the film in the US, and Elevation Pictures is distributing the film in Canada. UTA handled the domestic sale. FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales.
About Element Pictures:
Element Pictures is run by Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe, with offices in Dublin and London, working across production, distribution, and exhibition. Upcoming Element productions include Yorgos Lanthimos’ first English language film, The Lobster, starring Rachel Weisz, Colin Farrell, Ben Wishaw, Lea Seydoux and John C. Reilly; Glassland, directed by Gerard Barrett and starring Jack Reynor, Will Poulter and Toni Collette and 11 Minutes, by renowned Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski. Currently shooting are Room, an onscreen adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s award-winning bestselling novel directed by Lenny Abrahamson, and A Date for Mad Mary, the debut film from Darren Thornton.
Recent Element productions include Abrahamson’s last film Frank, starring Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall, a co-production with Sixteen Films. Previous films include What Richard Did (Lenny Abrahamson), Shadow Dancer (James Marsh), The Guard (John Michael McDonagh), and The Wind That Shakes the Barley (Ken Loach). Element Pictures Distribution handles Studio Canal’s slate in Ireland as well as direct acquisitions. The company also runs the 4 screen Light House Cinema, one of Dublin’s premiere art house venues.
About No Trace Camping:
No Trace Camping has been developing, producing and financing feature films since 2008. The company most recently produced the feature romantic-comedy What If (The F word), directed by Michael Dowse and starring Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan and Adam Driver. It was released worldwide in August 2014. Their first film, GOON, written by Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg (Superbad), starred Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, and Liev Schreiber and came out in February 2012.
No Trace Camping has offices in Los Angeles and Toronto.
About FilmNation Entertainment:
Founded in 2008 by veteran international film executive Glen Basner, FilmNation Entertainment is a new kind of film company – global, versatile and full-service; and is a go-to destination for many of the world’s most renowned filmmakers (including Steven Soderbergh, Terrence Malick, Pedro Almodóvar, Jeff Nichols, Sofia Coppola, J.C Chandor and Anton Corbijn).  FilmNation can board a project in a myriad of ways (as a producer, financier, sales agent, international distributor or marketer) and at any stage in a film’s lifespan including development. FilmNation titles have grossed over $1 billion at the worldwide box office and the future looks to be even more successful with the company’s diversified global sales slate and the company’s own productions led by production vet Aaron Ryder. FilmNation has also forged a number of strategic relationships with some of the most prolific, respected producers and financiers operating in the film.
About A24:
Launched in the summer of 2012, A24 is a New York-based media company focused on the distribution, financing, and production of feature films and television projects. Recent releases include Sundance breakout Obvious Child, featuring a star making performance by Jenny Slate, and Jonathan Glazer’s singular Scarlett Johansson film, UNDER THE SKIN. In 2013, the company released Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, James Ponsoldt’s THE SPECTACULAR NOW, and Harmony Korine’s record-breaking Spring Breakers. Upcoming titles include J.C. Chandor’s highly anticipated A Most Violent Year starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain and Noah Baumbach’s acclaimed While We’re Young featuring an all-star cast of Ben Stiller, Adam Driver, Naomi Watts, and Amanda Seyfried.
About Elevation Pictures Corp:
Founded in 2013, with finance partner Teddy Schwarzman of Black Bear Pictures, Elevation Pictures has already established itself as one of Canada’s leading film and television distribution companies. Elevation’s team of seasoned production and distribution executives, including co-presidents Laurie May and Noah Segal, are committed to bringing a robust film and television slate to audiences with both commercial and critical appeal. For more information, visit elevationpictures.com
About Film4
Film4 is Channel 4 Television’s feature film division. Film4 develops and co-finances films and is known for working with the most distinctive and innovative talent in the UK, whether new or established.
Film4 has developed and co-financed many of the most successful UK films of recent years, Academy Award-winners such as Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges and Phyllida Lloyd’s The Iron Lady in addition to critically-acclaimed award-winners such as Mike Leigh’s Another Year, Chris Morris’ Four Lions, Shane Meadows’ This is England, Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers and Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant.
Film4’s recently released slate includes Damon Beesley and Iain Morris’s The Inbetweeners 2, Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, Richard Ayoade’s The Double, David Mackenzie’s Starred Up, Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall, Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank, Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man, Lone Sherfig’s The Riot Club and Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s 20,000 Days on Earth, Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner and Yann Demange’s ’71. Forthcoming releases include Kevin Macdonald’s Black Sea, Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette, Todd Haynes’ Carol, Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth, Debbie Tucker Green’s Second Coming and Alex Garland’s Ex Machina.
For further information visit www.film4.com/productions

JERZY SKOLIMOWSKI’S 11 MINUTES TO SHOOT IN DUBLIN

Element Pictures are delighted to announce that Principal Photography begins this week on renowned Polish Director’s Jerzy Skolimowski ‘s (Essential Killing, Deep End, Moonlighting) latest feature currently entitled 11 Minutes.

The film is a Polish/ Irish co-production and will shoot in Dublin for 5 days and is backed by the Irish Film Board and Element Pictures.

Richard Dormer (Good Vibrations, ’71, Game of Thrones) will play the lead role of a film director.

The film 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.

Some characters are shown just as they are about to make crucial life changing decisions, others are idly passing time, caught in the midst of their day‐to‐day routines.

What they all have in common is an enigmatic sighting of the elusive dark spot, seen in the sky earlier that day, and the tragic chain of events that will seal their fate.

What really caused it? Did all of them deserve it? Could any of them avoid it? What is the fabric of life? These lingering questions constitute the film’s underlying theme.

The film stars an ensemble of other Polish actors including Agata Buzek, Beata Tyszkiewicz and Mateusz Kościukiewicz.

11 Minutes is produced by Ewa Piaskowska of Skopia Film and co-produced by Andrew Lowe and Ed Guiney of Element Pictures.

Irish audiences will get the chance to see 11 Minutes in 2015 when it’s released through Element Pictures Distribution.

WE’RE HIRING! PERSONAL ASSISTANT TO COMPANY DIRECTORS

The position would include:

  • Diary Management, including ensuring recurring internal meetings are scheduled and take place
  • First point of contact for those wishing to meet or speak with company directors.
  • Worldwide travel arrangements
  • Maintaining up-to-date company documents
  • Logging and filing scripts and maintaining up to date administrative documents across the Development Department
  • Assisting in various levels of funding applications
  • Assisting the Office Manager in building and office maintenance tasks
  • Providing assistance to Production Executive and Production Assistant with travel, screenings, etc.
  • General office admin, including taxi and courier bookings and reception cover.

The successful candidate must be a self-starter, able to work in a fast paced, high pressure environment, with at least three years of PA experience at an executive level or similar. Familiarity with the film business helpful, but not essential.  Must be proficient in Microsoft Office and PCs, strong grammatical skills and an excellent phone and personal manner.

Please note that this will be for a position in the production company office; those looking for on-set experience need not apply.

Please submit cover letter and CV as one document with your name in the document title (“FIRST NAME LAST NAME PA APPLICANT”) to info[at]elementpictures.ie

Salary: TBD

Deadline for applications: 6pm Wednesday May 28th

FRANK TO SCREEN AT SXSW FESTIVAL

Following on from its world premiere, US distribution deal and huge critical acclaim last month at the Sundance Film Festival, FRANK is now Austin-bound to play at the visionary SXSW festival in March.

FRANK will screen as part of the Festival Favorites strand, which showcases acclaimed standouts and previous premieres. The South by SouthWest Festival (SXSW) presents the best in new independent music and film every year in Austin, Texas.  It  is now considered the destination for the game-changing buzz every filmmaker dreams of.

FRANK is a comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), who discovers he’s bitten off more than he can chew when he joins a band of eccentric pop musicians led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender) and his terrifying sidekick Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal).

“A faceless Michael Fassbender stars in this weird and wonderful musical comedy from director Lenny Abrahamson” – Variety
“Fassbender delivers moments of heart-breaking fragility” – Time Out, London
“One of the more tantalizing offerings at this year’s Sundance Film Festival” – New York Post
“Totally unique and funny” – Total Film
“One of my favorite films of Sundance” – Rolling Stone

The film is directed by Ireland’s critically acclaimed Lenny Abrahamson (Adam & Paul, Garage, What Richard Did).  FRANK is 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 based on the memoir by Jon Ronson and is a fictional story loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the persona of cult musician and comedy legend Chris Sievey, as well as outsider musicians like Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart.    The director of photography is James Mather (Adam & Paul), production designer Richard Bullock (StreetDance 3D, Spike Island). Music is by regular Abrahamson collaborator, Stephen Rennicks.

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.

FRANK will be released in Ireland May 2014

FARRELL AND WEISZ JOIN YORGOS LANTHIMOS’ THE LOBSTER

Element Pictures is pleased to announce that Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz have come on board to play the lead roles in The Lobster, the first film in the English language by Oscar-nominated Greek Director Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth, Alps).  The Lobster is set to start shooting on March 24th in Ireland and is backed by the Irish Film Board.

Farrell and Weisz join the previously announced Ben Whishaw, Léa Seydoux, Olivia Colman, Ariane Labed and Angeliki Papoulia in the all-star film.  Several other roles in the ensemble are currently being finalized.

Co-written by Lanthimos and his long-time collaborator, award-winning Efthimis Filippou, the film is an unconventional love story set in a dystopian future where finding a partner is a matter of life or death.

Lanthimos says, “I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to work with such great actors. Their contribution to our film will enrich and expand the world we are trying to create and explore. Furthermore our team of old and new collaborators makes me very confident and excited to start making this film.”
The Lobster is being produced by Element Pictures, Limp, and Scarlet Films. Producers on the film are Lanthimos, Lee Magiday, Ed Guiney and Ceci Dempsey, with Element’s Andrew Lowe acting as executive producer.

Farrell, a Golden Globe winner for In Bruges, was recently seen in Disney’s hit drama Saving Mr Banks and is the star of Akiva Goldsman’s upcoming Winter’s Tale for Warner Bros. In post-production are Miss Julie in which he co-stars with Jessica Chastain for director Liv Ullman, and Solace, Afonso Poyart’s supernatural thriller in which he stars with Anthony Hopkins.

Weisz, who won the Academy Award and Golden Globe for The Constant Gardener, has a dazzling list of credits including box office blockbusters The Mummy, The Bourne Legacy and Oz The Great And Powerful, as well as Alejandro Amenabar’s Agora and Terence Davies’ The Deep Blue Sea for which she was named best actress of 2011 by the New York Film Critics Circle.

Partnering on the project are Christos V. Konstantakopoulos of Faliro House in Greece, Carole Scotta of Haut et Court (who will be both the French co-producer and distributor of the film), and Derk-Jan Warrink, Joost de Vries and Leontine Petit of Lemming Films in Holland. Protagonist Pictures is handling worldwide sales on the film at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin. In addition to the Irish Film Board, backing for the project comes from Eurimages, Greek Film Centre, CNC and the Dutch Film Fund.The Lobster is set to be the first project to be backed by the BFI Film Fund through its minority co-production strand.

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.