Friday, January 31, 2014
Preservation (2014) - Distribution Rights Acquired
Jennifer Dubin and Cora Olson of Present Pictures are producing, with executive producing duties handled by Connie Cummings and Anne Renton of Certainty Films. PRESERVATION will be introduced to buyers by XYZ Films at the European Film Market in February.
In the film, Wit (Schmidt), a brainy anesthesiologist, heads out on a hunting trip in a forest preserve with her husband, Mike (Staton), a hedge fund manager, and his brother, Sean (Schreiber), a former Marine. But when the brothers are stalked and captured, Wit must unleash her own animal instincts or else end up a trophy.
"Chris has crafted a stylish and incredibly suspenseful piece of storytelling that takes the genre conventions and turns them inside out. With memorable performances that stand out as some of the best we've seen in a long time, we're proud to collaborate with such a clever filmmaker," said XYZ Films.
“Chris is a filmmaker we are extremely excited about. We’ve been fans of his script for a long time and are over the moon to have had the opportunity to produce this movie with Certainty Films. We’re thrilled to partner with XYZ at this stage to bring this movie and Chris’ unique voice to the market. We think it’s going to turn some heads,” said Dubin.
Denham recently wrote and directed the critically-acclaimed HOME MOVIE (released by IFC Films), for which he won the Citizen Kane award for “Best New Director” at the Sitges International Film Festival and the Silver Audience Award at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival. Additionally, he appeared in Ben Affleck's Academy Award-winning ARGO, for which he received a SAG Award for Best Ensemble Performance.
The film’s cinematographer, Nicola B. Marsh, also shot this year's Oscar nominated documentary 20 FEET FROM STARDOM.
XYZ Films executive produced and handled international sales on the hit action film THE RAID: REDEMPTION, which was released by Sony Pictures Classics. They are also handling international sales on the recent Sundance competition film LIFE AFTER BETH, starring Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, Anna Kendrick, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Matthew Gray Gubler, Cheryl Hines, and Paul Reiser. At the EFM they will also be selling Kevin Smith’s horror film TUSK and the Maori actioner THE DEAD LANDS from director Toa Fraser.
XYZ Films produced and is handling world sales on THE RAID 2 from writer/director Gareth Huw Evans as well as KILLERS, which is co-directed by Timo Tjahjanto and Kimo Stamboel (The Mo Brothers). Both films were world premieres at Sundance.