NonStop nabs ‘Bloody Sunday’

Scandinavian distrib will launch pic in Jan. 2003

COPENHAGEN — Scandinavian distributor NonStop Entertainment (NSE) has bought helmer Paul Greengrass’ “Bloody Sunday” — the Golden Bear winner at this year’s Berlin Intl. Film Festival – for a theatrical launch in Jan. 2003.

Produced by “My Left Foot” director Jim Sheridan, the Irish-U.K. co-production follows events on Jan. 30, 1972, when British soldiers shot dead 13 unarmed civilians in Derry, Northern Ireland — the start of 25 years of terror and violence.

The deal for the film, which has U.S. distribution through Paramount, was struck with U.K.’s Portman Films after the AFM in Los Angeles last month.

The company has pacted with Japan’s Toei for controversial teen violence blockbuster “Battle Royale,” directed by Kinji Fukasaku. The film, described as “Survivor” meets “Lord of the Flies,” will be released in the fall by Sandrew Metronome in Sweden, Arthaus in Norway and Future Film in Finland.

From U.K.’s Alibi Films, NSE has acquired Scandinavian rights for Stephen Shainberg’s romantic drama “Secretary” starring James Spader, which got the Special Jury Prize at Sundance 2002, and from Italy’s Intra Movies, Gabriele Muccino’s “The Last Kiss” which won five Italian David awards as well as the Audience Prize at Sundance.

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