Italy, U.K., Germany, France rights taken
Paris-based sales and financing company Films Distribution has licensed Gallic genre pic “The Horde” to Italy (Fandango), the U.K. (Momentum), Germany (Square One) and France (Le Pacte).Set in a high-rise apartment block in Paris, “Horde” is a cop/gangster shoot ’em-up, which suddenly sharp turns into a zombie munch fest. Genre blender created buzz off a one-minute teaser at Berlin. From Gallic TV producer Capture the Flag, and co-financed by France’s Backup, Le Pacte and Films Distribution, “Horde” marks the feature film debut of two young French genre auteurs, Yanick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher. “Horde” underscores Films Distribution’s growing genre commitment: It’s also handling international on Spaniard Daniel Monzon’s prison thriller “Cell 211.” In a rare venture into animation, Films Distribution has international rights to English-language toon pic “Eleanor’s Secret,” the highbrow tale of a magic library targeting 6-10s. Films Distribution is also repping Hong Kong-shot erotic fetish drama “The Red Nights,” helmed mostly at night by French scribes Julien Carbon and Laurent Courtiaud, harking back to the style of Italian ’60s movies directed by Mario Bava and Dario Argento. Carbon and Courtiaud have co-written films by Johnnie To and Tsui Hark. “In these tough times, you have to innovate. We are but we’re essentially staying true to ourselves. We’re not going to take on board huge animation movies or Japanese actioners,” said Films Distribution partner Nicolas Brigaud Robert.