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Films Distribution Takes ‘The Dark Valley’

Sam Riley-starring vengeance action thriller plays out of competition at Berlin

Consolidating a Berlin slate of crossover films, weighing in somewhere between high arthouse and popcorn fare, Paris-based Films Distribution has acquired international rights to the vengeance action-thriller “The Dark Valley,” starring Sam Riley (“Control,” “On the Road,” “Brighton Rock”) and Paula Beer (“Poll”).

Directed by Andreas Prochaska (“Dead in 3 Days”), “Dark Valley” premieres out of competition at next month’s Berlin Film Festival where Films Distribution, whose sales slate includes the Oscar-nominated “The Missing Picture,” will introduce the film to buyers.

Set in the high-mountains of Austria in 1875, “Dark Valley” is produced by Helmut Grasser for Germany’s Allegro Film (“More Than Honey,” “”Dead in 3 Days,” “Dog Days” and Stefan Arndt from X Filme Creative Pool (“Amour,” “Cloud Atlas,” “The White Ribbon”), one of Berlin’s iconic production houses.

Written by Martin Ambrosch and Andreas Prochaska from the Thomas Willmann’s debut novel, the best –selling “Das Finstere Tal,” “Dark Valley” stars Riley as an American who returns to his homeland town high up in the Austrian mountains, to meet a surly reception from its inhabitants. Little do they suspect that he is no stranger to their dark secret and has come to wreak revenge, with one decisive advantage over his enemies: His American “Yellow Boy” Winchester.

“’The Dark Valley’ is a powerful action drama, masterfully directed with a riveting story. This is the type of film that will take the public by surprise at the Berlinale,” said Films Distribution co-founder Nicolas Brigaud-Robert.

Helmut Grasser, from Allegro, added: “We are excited to work with Films Distribution on ‘The Dark Valley’ as they understand the mixture of different genres that makes the film unique. Berlin is the perfect place to present the film to the audience.”

Films Distribution’s Berlin sales slate features two other Berlin-selected movies: Gregoire Solotareff and Eric Omond’s Generation Kplus opener “Wolfy – The Incredible Secret,” the latest in France’s line of exquisite hand-drawn animated features of across-the-tracks friendship between two animals, and Benjamin Heisenberg’s humor-tinged buddy movie “Superegos,” which plays in Panorama.

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