NDF unveils Cannes slate

Market lineup includes 'Last Passenger'

LONDON — U.K. shingle NDF Intl. has announced a diverse slate of pics on offer for pre-sales at Cannes, including Brit train thriller “Last Passenger.”

The pic, starring Hugh Dancy and backed by the U.K. Film Council, marks the debut feature for director Omid Nooshin. Story follows an overworked doctor trapped on a runaway train leaving London during the Christmas holidays and is set to shoot in September.

Script — which made the Brit List, a list of the most liked and recommended unproduced scripts in the U.K. and Ireland — was penned by Nooshin and Andy Love. The $5.4 million (£3.5 million) pic has sparked interest from Peter Jackson and Richard Taylor’s New Zealand-based special effects co Weta Workshop, who have agreed to work on the pic’s SFX.

NDF’s Zack Winfield and Ado Yoshizaki will produce and CEO Michiyo Yoshizaki (“The Crying Game”) will exec produce with Future Films.

In addition, NDF has added London-based detective story “City of Tiny Lights” to its slate. Pic, based on the book by Patrick Neate, will be directed by U.K. director Pete Travis (“Vantage Point,” “Endgame”), who co-wrote the script with Neate. Jeremy Thomas (“The Last Emperor”) will exec produce. It is backed by the U.K. Film Council and Media program.

NDF will also co-produce “The Widow,” directed by Antonia Bird and penned by Naomi Wallace and Bruce McLeod, alongside Dubai’s Front Row Filmed Entertainment and Germany’s Pandora Filmproduktion. Pic follows the story of an Arab woman who travels to Edinburgh to have an elicit affair.

Shingle is also set to remake Argentinean hit “El Aura,” directed by the late Fabian Bielinsky. Director James Marsh (“Man on Wire”) is attached to the project and Kudos Productions will co-produce project with NDF.

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