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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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ELEMENT PICTURES DISTRIBUTION TO BE THE EXCLUSIVE IRISH DISTRIBUTOR OF ROYAL OPERA HOUSE LIVE CINEMA SEASON

Element Pictures Distribution (EPD) announced today that they are to be the exclusive Irish distributor of the Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season.

Expanding on their existing relationship the deal will see EPD handle the sales and marketing for the ROH Live Cinema Season 2016/17. Set to be the most exciting season to date it will feature six operas and six ballets screened live from the iconic Covent Garden stage.

Highlights from the upcoming Season include 2016 Olivier Award winner WOOLF WORKS, Wayne McGregor’s critically acclaimed ballet inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf. The Royal Ballet’s classic THE NUTCRACKER, the return of THE SLEEPING BEAUTY (the company’s first production on the Covent Garden stage in 1946) and Jonas Kaufmann’s highly anticipated role debut in Verdi’s OTELLO.

Andrew Lowe, MD of Element Pictures commented: “Having worked on the sales and marketing of the ROH Live Cinema Season to Irish cinemas for the last two years, we are really pleased to strengthen our relationship with the Royal Opera House by being appointed their exclusive distributor in Ireland. We have enjoyed a lot of success over the last two years with highlights including (ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND, LA BOHĒME and LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR) and we are really looking forward to the 2016/17 season which is shaping up to be their strongest one yet. We look forward to working closely with the Royal Opera House to build on this success and to help them grow their unique brand in Ireland over the coming years.”

Alex Beard, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House says: “It’s been wonderful to see the continued demand for ROH Live Cinema content across Ireland. Working with Element Pictures Distribution allows for us to build on the success to date and expand our reach even further screening the very best of opera and ballet in high definition.”

For more information on the Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season please visit http://culturalcinema.ie/

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 SWEEPS THE BOARD AT THE 2016 IFTA’S

ELEMENT PICTURES CELEBRATES MULTIPLE WINS FROM THE 2016 IFTAS

 The big winner at tonight’s  IFTA awards was undoubtedly Lenny Abrahamson and Element Pictures’ ROOM which picked up an incredible seven awards including the top awards for best film, best director, best screenplay, best score and best editing. ROOM also picked up awards for Best Sound and Best International Actress for Brie Larson. 

The Best Film award for ROOM means that Element Pictures have won 6 Best Film awards in the 13 years the IFTA’s have been running.

Director Lenny Abrahamson commented “It’s an honour to win the IFTA this year particularly given the quality of the other films in contention, and the calibre of the directors who were nominated with me. It’s an award for the incredible people I was lucky enough to work with; Emma Donoghue – whose extraordinary novel is the beginning and end of this, Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe and the whole team at Element Pictures and Distribution, and for my long time collaborators Stephen Rennicks, Nathan Nugent, Niall Brady, Steve Fanagan and Gary Curran … there’s a long list of Irish talent in involved in the film. And none of this would have been possible without the continued support and faith of the Irish Film Board. “

In a joint statement, Element Pictures Producers Ed Guiney & Andrew Lowe commented that “We are truly delighted to win these awards. It’s a huge testament to the amazing talent involved led by the incredible Lenny Abrahamson and including our amazing writer Emma Donoghue as well as our brilliant cast including Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay.  We also had an amazing crew including some very gifted Irish talent including Nathan Nugent, Stephen Rennicks, the sound post team at Ardmore/Screenscene and the picture post team at Outer Limits. We are also very grateful to the team at Element who have been with us at every step of the journey from developing to script to releasing it so successfully with Studio Canal. Huge thanks also to the Irish Film Board and Film4 who have been with us from the inception of the project.”

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.

Other IFTA wins for Element Pictures Distribution are Ken Wardrop’s win for his feature Documentary Mom And Me which will be released later this year.

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Element Pictures has previously won Best Film awards for 

 

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.

 

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.

THE LOBSTER PROVES A HIT AT THE BOX-OFFICE

THE LOBSTER takes over 1 Million at Box-Office

With a remarkably small 2% drop week on week, Element Pictures production THE LOBSTER will surpass the €1 million mark in its second week of release, which is deemed a break out figure for any independent film. Opening to rave reviews THE LOBSTER, released as a joint venture by Element Pictures Distribution in Ireland and Picturehouse in the UK has now expanded to over 80 sites across Ireland & the UK as audiences embrace this art-house hit.

Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos’s previous best across Ireland & the UK was Dogtooth which grossed €208,000 over its entire theatrical run.

The LOBSTER’s stellar ensemble cast – headed by Colin Farrell and featuring Rachel Weisz, Lea Seydoux, John C Reilly, Ben Whishaw, Olivia Colman and Michael Smiley is expected to continue its fantastic run when it’s released in France this week on 126 prints where its Cannes Jury prize win will surely boost the films performance.

Speaking on the success, Element Pictures Distribution’s Andrew Lowe commented “We are really pleased with the response of audiences in Ireland and the UK to THE LOBSTER, whose positive word of mouth has helped propel it into an independent hit. Element Pictures Distribution have worked closely with our partners in the UK, Picturehouse, to launch the film into a very competitive market on the back of THE LOBSTER’s success in Cannes, and we are delighted to see UK and Irish audiences share the Cannes jury’s enthusiasm for the film.”

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 LOSBTER 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.