Download The Oscar Shortlist Film, A Man Called Ove, Now

BASED ON THE NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING NOVEL A MAN CALLED OVE” ARRIVES ON BLU-RAY, DVD AND VOD FROM MUSIC BOX FILMS HOME ENTERTAINMENT

 

Own the Swedish Box Office Sensation with a 92% Rotten Tomatoes Score on December 27

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Sweden’s official entry for the best foreign language film at the 89th Academy Awards®, A MAN CALLED OVE arrives on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD (iTunes, Amazon Instant, Google Play, Fandango Now, YouTube, Vudu) December 27, 2016  — and download to own early on December 13th — by Music Box Films Home Entertainment. Based on the international best-selling novel by Fredrik Backman, A MAN CALLED OVE is the film adaptation written and directed by Hannes Holm, which tells the story of an ill-tempered, easily-provoked old man whose world is shaken in ways he never would have imagined.

A MAN CALLED OVE is one of Sweden’s most successful domestic films of all time and will be one of top grossing foreign language art house releases in the US this year with over 200 engagements in all major markets and a projected box office of nearly $2 million. A MAN CALLED OVE is also one of the best reviewed films of the year with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 92%

With his irresistible adaptation and sterling direction, filmmaker Holm finds the beating heart of his source material, while Swedish star Rolf Lassgård, whose performance won him the Best Actor Award at the 2016 Seattle International Film Festival, affectingly embodies the lovable curmudgeon Ove.

“I thought, ‘This is so good,’ because this story has both elements of comic relief and sadness in it,” recalls writer/director Holm of his reaction after reading Fredrik Backman’s A MAN CALLED OVE. “I called [producer] Annica Bellander and said, ‘Ok, I really want to do this,’ and then I met Frederick Backman, who I heard was very Ove-like — and he was a bit grumpy, but he said, ‘Hannes, I don’t know anything about filmmaking. So please, write the story.’ So I can say that films can change people, but in a way, this film has changed me.”

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Powerful Female Solidarity in Hands of French Director Anne Fontaine

“The Innocents” by Anne Fontaine

A POLISH CONVENT TRAUMATIZED BY WAR CRIMES IN THE LAST DAYS OF WWII

One of the best reviewed films and top box office performing foreign language releases of the year arrives nationwide beginning September 27th

 

“CRITICS CHOICE! Spellbinding… The Innocents Soars.” – Kenneth Turan, LOS ANGELES TIMES

“Powerful and Moving! Examines every moral crevice of an unthinkable scenario”  -Justin Chang, VARIETY

“Genius. A stunningly beautiful film.”  – Alissa Wilkinson, CHRISTIANITY TODAY

The Innocents - Photo courtesy of Music Box Films
The Innocents – photo courtesy of Music Box Films

 

The Innocents is director Anne Fontaine’s haunting and ultimately life affirming post-WWII drama about  a young, forward-thinking French Red Cross doctor who comes to the aid of a group of traumatized young Polish nuns whose lives and faith have been dangerously tested. The Innocents is based on the true story of heroic French doctor and Resistance fighter Madeleine Pauliac.

 

The second World War is finally over and doctor Mathilde (rising star Lou de Laage) is treating the last of the French survivors of Nazi work camps in Poland. When a panicked Benedictine nun appears at the clinic begging Mathilde to follow her back to the convent, what she finds there is shocking: a holy sister about to give birth and several more in advanced stages of pregnancy. A non-believer, Mathilde enters the sisters’ fiercely private world, dictated by the rituals of their order and the strict Rev. Mother (Agata Kulesza, Ida). Fearing the shame of exposure, the hostility of the occupying Soviet troops and local Polish communists the nuns increasingly turn to Mathilde as they face an unprecedented crisis of faith.

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The Club by Chilean Filmmaker Pablo Larrain Puts Spotlight on Exiled Priests

FOUR PRIESTS ARE EXILED TO A SEASIDE TOWN TO ATONE FOR THE SINS OF THEIR PAST IN THE POWERFUL DRAMA FROM CHILEAN FILMMAKER PABLO LARRAÍN

The Club

 A 2016 GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEE FOR BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

 

From acclaimed Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín (Academy Award Nominee, No) comes the highly lauded film THE CLUB, a taut, blackly comic drama that revolves around a group of priests that are exiled to a small village to atone for the sins of their pasts. Directed and co-written by Larraín, THE CLUB functions as an insightful commentary on individual responsibility and organized religion, as well as an artfully relevant examination of what happens when those two combustible elements are combined.

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Meryl Streep Backs The Writers Lab For Women Over Forty

THE WRITERS LAB 2016 FUNDED BY OSCAR WINNER MERYL STREEP RETURNS WITH A LEAGUE OF ACCLAIMED WOMEN FILMMAKERS FOR THE ONLY PROGRAM OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD

 

Established for women screenwriters over the age of 40 by New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) and IRIS, The Writers Lab returns in 2016 once again with funding provided by Oscar winner and NYWIFT Muse honoree Meryl Streep. The Writers Lab 2016 has selected seasoned filmmakers set up to provide exclusive mentorship and increase opportunities while cultivating more content made by women.

The mentors attached to The Writers Lab 2016 will include: Academy Award nominee Meg LeFauve (“Inside Out”); Gina Prince-Bythewood (“The Secret Life of Bees,” “Love & Basketball”);  Caroline Kaplan (“Time Out of Mind,” “Personal Velocity”); Mary Jane Skalski(“Win Win,” “The Station Agent”), Darnell Martin (“Cadillac Records,” “I Like It Like That”), Kirsten Smith (“Legally Blonde,” upcoming “Expendabelles”), Alexis Alexanian (“Maggie’s Plan”) and Gurinder Chadha (“Viceroy’s House,” “Bend It Like Beckham”).

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Resurrecting Women’s Lib thru Mary Dore’s documentary on Women’s History Month

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

A PROVOCATIVE AND INSIGHTFUL ACCOUNT OF THE BIRTH OF THE MODERN
WOMEN’S LIBERATION MOVEMENT

 

SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY is an insightful, rousing and often humorous account of the birth and rise of the women’s liberation movement in the late 1960s through to its contemporary manifestations in the new millennium.

Directed by Mary Dore, SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY combines rarely-seen archival footage, a classic soundtrack of the era and the first-person stories of the protests, poetry slams and community meetings that engineered the women’s liberation movement and the meaningful social change it sought. Embracing the grassroots movement that proclaimed “the personal is political” and the women who dared to get furious about it, SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY is not only a tribute to past bravery and determination, but also a warning and urgent rallying cry to the next wave of those determined to ensure equal rights for all.

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Congratulations to The 100 Year Old Man’s Oscar Nomination

Congratulations to The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared for today’s Oscar® nomination for Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling

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The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared by Felix Herngren is based on an international bestseller of the same name, which has sold more than six million copies worldwide.

Described as “a start-to-finish rocket-speed riot ” by Colin Covert of the MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE and “a quirky comic odyssey with a winningly off-kilter sense of humor” by Charles Bramesco of THE DISSOLVE, THE 100-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED is a sheer delight—an irresistible, madcap adventure about an ordinary man who can’t help but to stumble into one extraordinary circumstance after another!
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Joe Angio’s How To Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It) is a glorious commemoration of Melvin Van Peebles

How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It)

A FIRST-RATE CHRONICLE OF THE REMARKABLE LIFE AND CAREER OF ARTIST/PROVOCATEUR MELVIN VAN PEEBLES, CREATOR OF THE LEGENDARY 1971 FILM SWEET SWEETBACK’S BAADASSSSS SONG

 

Melvin Van Peebles’ extraordinary life story reveals an artist and a man whose groundbreaking impact on film, politics and pop culture remains as relevant as ever. On the 45th Anniversary of his landmark 1971 film Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song—the most successful independent film of its time and a watershed in African-American cinema—Melvin Van Peebles’ life and career are celebrated in a DVD re-issue of filmmaker Joe Angio’s 2005 documentary How To Eat Your Watermelon In White Company (and Enjoy It).

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WeaselWorks launches “Walking Dead” and Washington Wizards TV Spots

 New “Haunted House” and “Tall/Small” D.C. TV Spots Launches New D.C. Lottery Tickets In Continuation of Award-Winning Campaign

The Creative Team Behind Award-Winning D.C. Lottery Campaigns

 

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In promoting the launch of a new season of D.C. Lottery scratch-off tickets, production house, WeaselWorks, Ltd. has unveiled “Haunted House/Zombie” and “Tall/Small” for the new scratch off games celebrating the new season of TV’s “The Walking Dead,” as well as all things basketball. The spots are a follow up to a series of 2014 spots, which earned D.C. Lottery the win for ‘TV Advertising – Coordinated Campaign’ at The North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) Annual Conference.

Both spots are currently running now in the District of Columbia market and marks another successful collaboration between Weaselworks and the ad agency MDB Communications, led by Chief Creative Officer Richard Coad.

The creativity behind the 2015 spots celebrates the motto, “…unless I win the lottery,“ a concept developed by MDB last year and continuing on for 2016 due to its wildly successful run.  “Tall/Small” spot, in launch of the Washington Wizards scratch off ticket, centers around a basketball team waiting for a “monster power player” who instead sends a representative who doesn’t quite live up to expectations.

In “Haunted House / Zombie” a hired zombie hunter never shows up to meet a waiting couple outside a haunted house, leaving them vulnerable to some hungry zombies.  This post-apocalyptic spot is inspired by zombies to launch The Walking Dead scratch off tickets.

Led by Executive Producer Robert Berman, owner and founder of WeaselWorks and award-winning director, Stan Schofield and in collaboration with D.C. advertising agency, MDB Communications, this creative team has delivered several campaigns over the last few years that have ranged from the outrageous to the poetic.  The branding ties directly into the DC Lottery tag line “Lots of people win. ”

“We love the continued collaboration with Richard Coad and the great folks at MDB Communications.  They continue to do great, conceptual work for Lottery and we are proud to have the opportunity to serve the creative and continue to evolve the work.” says Berman.

Robert Berman has been actively working with a myriad of collaborators over the past few decades creating content across all media platforms, but the DC Lottery is a special assignment.   “I am proud to be associated with a dream team of directors who continue to produce award winning work, understand the financial reality of the times, and keep clients coming back.”

His production company houses three accomplished, award-winning directors,  Stan Schofield, Gilly Barnes and Nika Offenbac, offering a depth of knowledge across narrative, documentary, experiential projects and design .

Stan Schofield is an accomplished director with over 30 years experience in this business, including two much heralded feature films.  Gilly Barnes has an astounding line of credits and accolades including an Emmy® and Addy award and has become a “go to” for celebrities who want to be their unvarnished selves.  Nika Offenbac has directed impressive content for major clients such as: Guess, Discovery, Canon, Major League Soccer and received 12 film awards for her latest feature and has worked all over the world.

Heidi Philipsen’s This Is Nowhere Introduces Gus Birney in Coming of Age Drama

This Is Nowhere

A film by Heidi Philipsen and Jon Russell Cring, Starring Johnathan Tchaikovsky, David Thornton, and Introducing Up and Coming Star, Gus Birney

SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE IN 2016

A Coming-Of-Age Tale About An Innocent Teenage Girl Living With Her Parents In A Seedy Motel On The Edge Town And The Stranger Who Changes Her World

 

This is Nowhere (Courtesy: Personae Entertainment)
This is Nowhere (Courtesy: Personae Entertainment)

From Executive Producer Kathryn McDermott (The Last of the Mohicans, A League of Their Own), THIS IS NOWHERE is a new coming-of-age feature film co-directed by Heidi Elizabeth Philipsen-Meissner (Marcy, Her Telling Heart) and Jon Russell Cring. Recently shot in Palenville, NY,  THIS IS NOWHERE is slated to be released in 2016.  The film’s cast includes: Johnathan Tchaikovsky (The Wolf of Wall Street, Reservation Road), David Thornton (The Notebook, John Q, Home Alone 3), Paulina Singer (The Intern), Bernadette Quigley (In America; The Suspect; The House is Burning; “Law & Order”; “Third Watch”) and introducing up-and-comer Gus Birney as the film’s young female protagonist.

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