Alliance on buying binge

13 titles including 'Frost' in distrib's shopping cart

Despite rumors of a takeover from Canadian rival Entertainment One, Alliance Films has reported a robust Cannes and flexed its acquisition muscle at the market, snapping up around 13 titles for its three territories.

Distrib recently nabbed U.K. rights to Scandinavian sci-fi thriller “Frost,” from TrustNordisk.

Pic, helmed by Icelandic director Reynir Lyngdal, is about a young couple who arrive at a glacier drilling camp only to find it mysteriously abandoned.

Ingvar Thordarson and Julius Kemp produce.

Alliance Films’ U.K. distribution arm Momentum Pictures has a history of picking up Nordic titles at markets: distrib released the original Swedish-language “The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo” and recently enjoyed Blighty box office success with “Headhunters,” which grossed $2.2 million in the territory.

Additionally, Alliance snapped up Spanish rights to Hude Park Intl.’s untitled Elmore Leonard project starring Jennifer Aniston, Dennis Quaid, John Hawkes and Ty Burrell, and helmed by Daniel Schechter.

These titles are added to its previously announced pickups of “American Bullshit” and Kathryn Bigelow’s Navy SEALs pic for Canada, both sold through Megan Ellison’s new sales outfit Panorama, and Lee Daniel’s “The Butler” for Spain, shopped by IM Global.

It also nabbed Sofia Coppola’s “Bling Ring” for Canada and Taylor Lautner starrer “Tracers” for U.K. and Spain, both shopped by FilmNation Entertainment.

Alliance picked up Owen Wilson starrer “The Coup” from Nick Meyer’s Sierra/Affinity for U.K. and Spain, and is in negotiations for a multi-territory buy.

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