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Alliance Films Unveils First Look Deal With Rhombus Media & Premieres “Hobo With A Shotgun” In Sundance

Written by: FFT Webmaster | January 25th, 2011

Alliance pre-emptively acquires Sundance titles including The Son of No One, The Troll Hunter, The Guard and Flypaper

MONTREAL–  Alliance Films, one of the top five international independent filmed entertainment companies in the world which also encompasses Momentum Pictures (UK) and Aurum Productions (Spain) have inked a first look deal with producer Niv Fichman’s (The Red Violin, Blindness) Rhombus Media.  The distribution deal will utilize Alliance’s distribution pipeline with the company’s collaborating on all stages of production including development, casting, marketing and financing.

Alliance Films and Rhombus Media have partnered on films such as The Red Violin, Silk, Passchendale, Blindness and most recently HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN, which stars Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner) and Gregory Smith (The Patriot, Everwood).  HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN is set to make its world debut at the Sundance Film Festival as part of Midnight at Park City and was initially a trailer made to promote the release of Quentin Tarantino & Robert Rodriguez’s feature Grindhouse. HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN is the second of Grindhouse’s trailers to be turned into a feature film, the first being Machete.

Alliance Films will release the film in Canada and the UK (via Momentum Pictures), TF1 will be handling international sales and Magnolia Pictures will release in the U.S.

“Rhombus Media has a brilliant reputation for sourcing and developing award-winning material and we’re delighted to cement our relationship with them,” says Xavier Marchand, President of Worldwide Distribution of Alliance Films. “Furthermore, we’ve built a strong slate of acquisitions in advance of Sundance and look forward to unveiling them around the world this coming year.”

Commenting on the deal Niv Fichman said: “We have worked with Alliance for over a decade and are now fully integrated in every step of the process from initial development to final release.  I can not imagine a better and more seamless producer/distributor relationship anywhere.”

Alliance Films has made a number of acquisitions in advance of Sundance on titles such as:  Dito Montiel’s (A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, Fighting) feature THE SON OF NO ONE, starring Channing Tatum and Al Pacino for Canada and Spain (Aurum); THE TROLL HUNTER from director Andre Oderval for Canada and the UK (Momentum Pictures); THE GUARD which stars Brendan Gleason and Don Cheadle for Canada; and from the writers of The Hangover, Jon Lucas and Scott Moore’s FLYPAPER, directed by Rob Minkoff starring Patrick Dempsey and Ashley Judd for Spain (Aurum).

Current and upcoming films where Alliance Films has an equity position or otherwise enabled projects to be financed include:  The King’s Speech, The Woman in Black, Safe, Area 51, Weekender, Goon, The Moth Diaries, Insidious and The Bay.

Current and upcoming theatrical releases include: The King’s Speech (Canada & UK), The Fighter (Canada & UK), Blue Valentine (Canada), Chalet Girl (Canada & UK), Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere (Canada), The Way Back (Canada & Spain) and Red (Spain).

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