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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 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.