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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

Download To Own Early on Dec 13th

 

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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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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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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Maison Close: Season Two Continues Sumptuous Parisian Bordello Saga

Maison Close: Season Two

THE CONTINUATION OF THE ACCLAIMED FRENCH TELEVISION SERIES INVITES AMERICAN AUDIENCES INTO A SUMPTUOUS PARISIAN BORDELLO WHERE DESIRE REIGNS

 

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Set in a lavish brothel in 19th Century Paris, the wildly popular French erotic drama series MAISON CLOSE: SEASON TWO returns to further weave its sexy tales of the women of “The Paradise,” an infamous bordello that caters to aristocratic and bourgeois clientele known for its strange and refined practices during a time of legalized prostitution.

Created by Jacques Ouaniche, MAISON CLOSE focuses on a trio of The Paradise’s most provocative women: Rose (Jemima West), a young woman, newly arrived in Paris in search of her mother, who was tricked into service at the brothel; Véra (Anne Charrier),  a courtesan in her mid-thirties nearing the end of her career, hoping a wealthy customer will pay her debt and free her from servitude; and Hortense (Valerie Karsenti), the owner of The Paradise who must do whatever she can to retain her girls, keep the brothel open and steer clear of the forces intent on shutting her business down. The new season of the critically acclaimed drama picks up at The Paradise where Season One left off, as a royalist chief commander rises to power and reinstates a city-wide Moral Order which threatens the brothel’s very existence.

MAISON CLOSE: SEASON TWO has been praised as much for its historical accuracy and political astuteness as its bold eroticism, with Alessandra Stanley of THE NEW YORK TIMES lauding it as “Baudelaire meets The Playboy Channel.”

“For more than three years I have been thinking of this series whose heroine is a young girl, trapped, forced to prostitute herself in a luxury brothel at the end of the nineteenth century at the beginning of the Third Republic,” says MAISON CLOSE creator Ouaniche of the series’ origins. “I wanted to uncover the daily lives of these sex workers, most of all of the women, and their privileged relationships with powerful men in a time period not so remote from ours.”

Music Box Films Home Entertainment will release MAISON CLOSE: SEASON TWO on Blu-ray and DVD on January 12, 2015 following its broadcast debut across leading markets in Europe, Asia and South America. The MAISON CLOSE: SEASON TWO Blu-ray and DVD editions will include a collector’s booklet and carry the suggested retail prices of $39.95 and $34.95, respectively.

MAISON CLOSE: SEASON ONE is available now on Blu-ray and DVD and will be available to stream on HULU beginning in January 7, just in time to catch up before the  Blu-ray and DVD release of MAISON CLOSE: SEASON TWO.

The release of the MAISON CLOSE series marks Music Box Films’ latest entry in the company’s growing international television catalog, which includes such recent releases as Sweden’s Wallander, Germany’s Generation War, France’s The Returned and Japan’s Penance by Kiyoshi Kurosawa.

More information on MAISON CLOSE: SEASON TWO can be found on the MUSIC BOX FILMS website

http://www.musicboxfilms.com/maisonclose

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Fantastic Fest Winner ALLELUIA Is a Gripping Thriller From Belgian Horror Maverick

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“THE LONELY HEARTS KILLERS” RE-IMAGINED IN DARKLY GRIPPING THRILLER FROM BELGIAN HORROR MAVERICK FABRICE DU WELZ

 

Based on notorious real-life “Lonely Hearts Killers” who make victims of their romantic liaisons, ALLELUIA is a chilling anti-love story from acclaimed Belgian horror auteur Fabrice Du Welz (Vinyan, Calvaire).

alleluia_175x247Michel (Laurent Lucas, With a Friend Like Harry, Calvaire) is a born womanizer and professional hustler with a penchant for wooing lonely, vulnerable widows and divorcees. When he meets introverted single mom Gloria (Spain’s irrepressible Lola Dueñas, Volver, I’m So Excited!) online and treats her to an electrifying first date, she’s left completely smitten.

Michel tries to swindle what he can out of the one-night stand, confessing that he dates lonely women in order to steal their money. But Gloria has other plans, abandoning her daughter and vowing to aid Michel’s scam while masquerading as his sister. The toxically co-dependent lovers embark on a deadly odyssey amplified by wild sex, unbridled jealousy and frenzied forays into the dark arts, leading to a shocking series of savage, murderous scenarios.

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Jean-Michel Basquiat in DOWNTOWN 81

Starring Renowned Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and Featuring Debbie Harry, Fab Five Freddy, Arto Lindsay, Kid Creole and the Coconuts with Music by Blondie, DNA, The Plastics

DOWNTOWN 81

DIGITALLY RE-MASTERED AND RESTORED COLLECTOR’S EDITION ARRIVES ON DVD JUNE 30

downtown-81-5801The desolate streets of Manhattan’s lower east side in the early 1980s were permeated with abandoned buildings, drug lords and vagabonds – but the underground scene was bubbling with an electrifying fusion of art and music. At the beginning of this newfound energy was Swiss photographer Edo Bertoglio, poised to capture the imaginative, fantastical drama, DOWNTOWN 81. The film, a documentary-style narrative, features then-obscure artists on the brink of fame, such as a nineteen-year-old Jean-Michel Basquiat, Debbie Harry, Fab Five Freddy and Lee Quinones.

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Flamenco, Flamenco Features The Most Important Spanish Flamenco Artists

FLAMENCO, FLAMENCO

A Film by Carlos Saura

A SPECTACULAR, SMOLDERING PORTRAIT OF THE SONGS, DANCES AND MUSIC OF FLAMENCO, FROM LEGENDARY SPANISH FILMMAKER CARLOS SAURA
FEATURING MORE THAN 20 PERFORMANCES BY SPAIN’S MOST REVERED ARTISTS

 

FlamencoFlamencoFrom legendary Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura (Fados, Ay Carmela!, Carmen) comes FLAMENCO, FLAMENCO, a celebration of life, love, passion and, of course, dance. A sequel to his film Flamenco from 1995, FLAMENCO, FLAMENCO offers an impassioned collection of songs and dances, compiling 21 dazzling performances from an ensemble of gifted Spanish musicians, singers, and dancers.

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Israeli Actress and Filmmaker Ronit Elkabetz Stars in GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

 A HEARTRENDING PORTRAIT OF AN ISRAELI WOMAN PUT ON TRIAL BY HER COUNTRY’S UNCOMPROMISING MARRIAGE LAWS

 GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

 

Starring And Co-Directed By Israel’s Renowned Ronit Elkabetz

 

An Israeli woman seeking to finalize a divorce from her estranged husband finds herself effectively put on trial by her country’s religious marriage laws in GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM. Starring famed Israeli actress/filmmaker Ronit Elkabetz, who co-wrote and co-directed the film with her brother Shlomi Elkabetz, this powerful courthouse drama presents a resolute portrait of one woman’s struggle to overcome an unmoving patriarchy and live a life of her own design.

“Critics Pick! “Gripping cinema from start to finish…assured, streamlined and bold” 

–Manohla Dargis, THE NEW YORK TIMES

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Uncovering The Dark Tale Behind The Penn State Scandal Which Rocked The Nation

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A film by Amir Bar-Lev

 

Respected documentarian Amir Bar-Lev (Fighter, The Tillman Story) takes an unflinching look at an iconic American institution with his award-winning expose HAPPY VALLEY. In the wake of an unthinkable child sex abuse scandal in 2011, HAPPY VALLEY examines a wounded community and the role college football played in both the crimes and their aftermath.

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