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Distributor EDIT: False alarm - I read it wrong. :(

I'm in a big hurry here, so this is a fly-by.

I just read this article and it talks about a distributor for ILYPM, but since it's a French company, does that mean it's a distributor for just France? Any ideas? Or has someone read something different? I admit I skimmed it quickly and easily could have missed something.



French producers spread their wings
Gallic outfits make more cross-border deals
By DAVID HAYHURST

Gallic outfits have long been Europe's leading cross-border co-producers and some of its major co-financiers. And today, as always, they continue to look beyond borders -- whether of geography, language or business practices -- while France itself becomes a more appealing territory for inward investment.
Franco-British Pathe clearly pulled off a coup in co-financing "Slumdog Millionaire," taking international rights soon after Brit producers Celador and Film4 greenlit the pic in August 2007.

The gamble "paid off brilliantly because of Pathe's attitude" in putting major faith and resources behind such an offbeat indie feature, says Olivier-Rene Veillon, exec director of the Ile de France Film Commission, whose regional film fund co-financed the Pathe-produced "Cheri."

Franck Priot, dep-uty director of national film commish Film France, sees "Slumdog's" massive global profile as likely to generate "a huge jump in interest" for both European and American players looking to co-finance projects that could see comparable critical and commercial paydays.

And France is well-placed to facilitate projects or finance.

Luc Besson's EuropaCorp also cast caution to the wind in fully financing romantic comedy "I Love You Phillip Morris," in association with Andrew Lazar's Mad Chance Prods. The film, starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor, generated buzz at Sundance.

Smaller Gallic operators are also widening their net for joint production and financing.

La Fabrique de Films is boosting its already solid rep in the horror genre via its sales outfit, Overlook Entertainment, which is selling the Fabrique-produced creature feature "The Home." Thesp Elijah Wood is one of the pic's producers, and it's skedded for a May shoot in New Zealand.

Another Overlook production in development is "City of Shadows," with "Hitman" helmer Xavier Gens set to direct, in association with Thomas Augsberger's German-based shingle Eden Rock Media.

For Priot, France's profile as a major source of production and funding should only rise as revenue streams dry up elsewhere.

French investment in domestic pic production skyrocketed 28.6% to E1.22 billion ($1.6 billion) in 2008, when France, despite the gathering recession, produced 240 films, including 95 co-prods. Of these, a whopping 44 were majority international productions.

On average, 40% of finance on films comes from a mix of TV coin; CNC; and regional or tax-driven funding from Sofica companies (public limited companies set up for the sole purpose of backing productions).

Many Gallic mini-majors --Pathe, Gaumont, StudioCanal, SND and TF1 -- can finance films without dipping into credit.

The relative lack of exposure to straight bank finance could soon give the country a huge edge if the current global credit turmoil continues or worsens.

"Guaranteed and secure cash flows for the production and distribution sector as a whole will be just as important as the ability to arrange financing," Priot says.

Still, some Gallic players are adopting a more cautious, but still flexible, approach, brought on by the strained circumstances of many foreign distributors.

Financing and sales outfit Films Distribution sees its in-development mockumentary "Unhung Hero" as the right kind of project for uncertain times.

Described by Films founder Nicolas Brigaud-Robert as a "low-budget, strong-concept comedy," the English-language laffer will be produced by German shingle Greensky for less than $2 million. FD will initiate financial packaging at Cannes.

"In today's market, you either need something with a built-in marketing angle or something concept-driven with a modest-enough budget to survive in times of crisis," Brigaud-Robert says.
http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118001775.html?categoryId=3580&cs=1
It just means they put up the cash to get the movie made, we still need someone to distribute it to cinemas, that doesn't look very likely though. Bummer!
You're right! Shit. I read it really fast because I was in such a hurry. Hope I didn't get your hopes up. *rolls eyes* My brain, I swear...

You're getting it though, and I intend to buy the UK DVD.
No you didn't get my hopes up, I have none since I read it has a distributor here, I looked at their website and I don't hold out much hope of seeing it in a regular cinema, they look like they specialise in gay porn, where do they show that? not in my local cinema that's for sure. *sighs*
You're joking! I thought you guys were getting a regular cinema release. For heaven's sake, it's not gay porn! I'm getting so sick of that freaking attitude. Argh!!!
I know! I was so happy when I read we had a distributor, only to be disappointed by who it is! GRRRRR!
anika----It doesn't sound like anyone distributing it here.
Probably what pam said...

Thanks for the article....
Yep, I read it wrong in my huge rush. It's true what they say: haste makes waste. Hope I didn't get your hopes up.

I really do fear for my brain!
LOL Heavens, don't worry about it. I have done it myself.
I have posted a time or two something I didn't read properly or misunderstood what I was reading...
I am sure your brain is just fine~!!!!

I think we are just going to have to let the chips fall where they may with this film....
We have known about it for so long,and we are just so dissappointed that we are not getting it like other countries, and it was made here.... I thought it would be a shoo in.

I remmeber waiting for Stay to come out. It seemed to take forever. But it finally did..

I also remember, way back when. when we never really knew to much about when a film was being made, or looking for news and pictures about it. We just knew that the film would be in theaters in a couple weeks, and there it was...Not much news to far in advance of it being shown...And of course, no DVDs~!!

Times sure have changed. Now we know all about the films being made by our favorite people, and follow the making of it.
Good or bad? I do love following Ewan's path with the making of his films. So it's GOOD to me~!!!
There I go---Lomg winded again~!!!

Nah, my brain is OLD, like the rest of me. Ugh.

It's definitely a mixed blessing to follow along with the making of his films from beginning to the release. In the past I was blissfully ignorant about how long it takes, or the films that never get released, when I was just a regular moviegoer and not a huge fan of one actor in particular. I mean, I always loved Johnny Depp's movies, but I never followed his career the way I do Ewan's. I've never done that with anyone other than Ewan, as a matter of fact. Of course, years ago there was no Internet to follow from either, so times were a lot different; but I still don't think I would have done it. No one else fascinates me or captivates me the way Ewan does. Well, you knew that. :o)

Jorge and I were just talking the other day about how there never used to be videos or DVDs to buy, and you just saw a movie in the theater, then maybe on TV - probably an edited version of course. I love the DVD era!
Well, I know MY brain is over the hill...

I have to agree with you that following an actors films is a mixed blessing. We know from the beginning it is being made, and then follow it for sometimes a couple years. In the mean time, 2 or 3 more films are in the works...And it seem to take forever for the first film to come out....

I have NEVER followed anyone either. I had favorite actors but never like this.

I guess Ewan is just in a league of his own.
He is such an interesting, fasinating gorgeous man, AND an excellent actor, and so talented in many other ways.
I mean--- singing and dancing and doing stage, just being himself, and OK---- he has a great talent too --- hee hee...but that is not that important compared to all of his other attributes.

I mostly love to watch him act in a film. He is just so believeable in all of the different roles that he takes on.

Then we have the internet which gives us soooooooooo much information...
I love the DVDs too... Another great invention....
Back in the dark ages, you only got to see the film at the theater and like you said on TV, but you couldn't copy it. And it took years to make it to TV...
So I really love that we can have a copy of the films we love, and almost right away.
i still appreciate the info. I never would have found it. Thanks Anika!
I get Variety emails (it's free, as opposed to $248/year for a subscription, and that's supposedly with a 29% discount from the cover price - right, I'm going to pay that), but this article came in my Google alerts. Didn't you sign up for the Ewan Google alerts? I thought you did that a while ago.
Cool layout! I had forgotten about the Google alerts but I'm signed up now. Thanks for the reminder.:)
Yeah, I really like this theme too. It has nothing to do with me, i.e., sending my heart off with a letter to someone in a castle-looking place, but I like the colors and the cool sky.

Yay, you signed up! You're entirely welcome.
What Pam said. I've been checking the EuropaCorp site very regularly but even we still don't have a release date. If it's going to go straight to DVD, then do it now !
Yeah, I read it totally wrong. Evidently I just saw what I wanted to see. Wishful reading, I guess.

I can't believe you don't have a release date! I thought it was all set for France.

I'm so frustrated! What is wrong with these people???