In Pictures, MaloFilm in Canuck distrib’n pact

NEW YORK — Indie distrib In Pictures Ltd. has signed a two-year output deal with Canada’s MaloFilm Distribution for a minimum of 12 pics. Under the agreement, MaloFilm will distribute In Pictures’ product in all of English-speaking Canada and parts of French-speaking Canada.

Based in Montreal, MaloFilm is one of four companies, the others are Alliance, Astral and Cinepix Film Properties, that shares a monopoly on the distribution of film in Canada. The publicly traded company was founded in 1973.

“Malo has an extraordinary reputation for discovering talent and aggressively marketing its films,” said In Pictures prexy Jamie Ader-Brown.

Commenting on the deal, MaloFilm prexy Yves R. Dion said, “In Pictures has a proven track record of discovering edgy niche films and thoroughly penetrating new markets. I feel our partnership serves as a vital launching pad for new independent features.” He said In Pictures’ independent fare will complement such Malo product as the sci-fi actioner “Highlander 3,” the company’s most successful 1996 release, with grosses of $C1.4 million ($1.04 mil-lion).

Last year, In Pictures scored on the arthouse circuit with Nick Broomfield’s docu “Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam.” Its 1997 slate of U.S. theatrical releases includes “Follow Me Home,” the first film by Native American director Peter Bratt. The pic, which opens Feb. 28 in New York, recently won a 1996 award of excellence from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.

Other 1997 releases include Broomfield’s “Fetishes,” a not-for-the-squeamish docu about a Gotham S&M parlor; “Pandora’s Box,” which will be released in April with Ed Arentz’s Cinema Village Features; Isabel Coixet’s “Things I Never Told You,” starring Lili Taylor and Andrew McCarthy; and “Gentle into the Night,” the latest picture by Massimo Cristaldi, the maker of “Cinema Paradiso.”

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