MADRID – Continuing their film-by-film relationship with the Norwegian director, New York-based Film Movement has acquired U.S. rights to “1,000 Times Good Night,” Erik Poppe’s semi-autobiographical English-language drama-thriller memorable for Juliette Binoche’s headlining portrayal of a war photographer’s compulsive commitment to her work.
Pacific Northwest Pictures has acquired rights to Canada. Film Movement will give “1,000 Nights” a fall theatrical release, before bowing it on VOD and DVD. Poppe’s fourth feature, “1,000 Times” is sold by Germany’s Global Screen.
“Games of Thrones’” Nikolaj Coster-Waldau plays the photographer’s husband who, when she is near killed in a suicide bombing, lays down an ultimatum: Her work or her family.
Enthusiastically reviewed – “Poppe imbues the film with enormous emotional resonance, brilliantly grounded by his leading lady,” Ronnie Scheib wrote in Variety – “1,000 Times” world premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival to a standing ovation and Special Grand Prize.
A study of a war-zone shutterbug’s deep-felt sense of mission to record the horrors of conflict, whatever the danger, pic draws on Poppe’s own experience as a conflict-zone shutterbug.
“1,000 Times Good Night” reps the third Poppe feature in a row acquired by Film Movement for North America, after 2004’s “Hawaii, Oslo” and 2008’s “Troubled Water.”
Coming off Berlin, Global Screen has inked further sales deals with Kadokawa Corp. for Japan, Australia’s Film Distribution HBO for Latin American pay TV rights, Smile Aps for Denmark and Finland, Turkey’s Bir Film, Discovery for ex-Yugoslavia and Multivision for Bulgaria. In all, Global Screen has now closed over 40 territories on “1,000 Nights.” “1,000 Nights” is still playing cinemas in Norway 16 weeks after release, and has notched up over 100,000 admissions.
Film Movement president Adley Gartenstein and Julia Weber, Global Screen’s head of theatrical sales, struck the U.S. distribution deal.
“We couldn’t pass up the chance to once again champion Erik Poppe’s work, and we’re proud to be the ones to share this film with North America,” said Gartenstein.
“In his latest, we see not only Poppe’s impressive evolution as a filmmaker, but a deeply affecting performance by Ms. Binoche, the combination of which makes for a movie both visually stunning and emotionally resonant.”
The “1,000 Nights” deal follows on Film Movement’s acquisition, announced at Berlin, of Chilean Alejandro Fernandez Almendras’ Sundance World Cinema Dramatic Grand Jury Prize winner, “To Kill a Man.”