Freeman Entertainment, which launched its distribution operation in the Czech Republic at the start of the year, will handle theatrical distribution of Warner Bros. titles in the territory.
“Mad Max: Fury Road” will be the first Warner movie to be released by the company in the Czech Republic. Freeman Entertainment will also release titles there produced by leading independents, including Lionsgate/Summit, DreamWorks, Studiocanal, Nu Image and Relativity Media. Radovan Cech is Freeman’s executive director in the Czech Republic.
As well as the Warner titles, its release slate includes “Self/Less,” which is directed by Tarsem Singh (“Immortals”); “Mune,” which is helmed by Benoit Philippon (“Lullaby of Pi”) and Alexandre Heboyan (“Kung Fu Panda,” “Monsters vs. Aliens”); and “The Light Between Oceans,” which stars Michael Fassbender and Rachel Weisz.
Other pics include “The Free State of Jones,” starring Matthew McConaughey and Keri Russell; “Now You See Me: The Second Act,” starring Mark Ruffalo, Lizzy Caplan and Jesse Eisenberg; Steven Spielberg’s “The BFG”; “The Nice Guys,” starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe; and “Dirty Grandpa,” from director Dan Mazer (the writer on “Borat”) and starring Robert De Niro and Zac Efron.
Parent company Freeman Distribution, which is headed by Anca Truta, acquires films for countries across Central and Eastern Europe, including Poland, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Albania and the former Yugoslavia.
Last year, Freeman Entertainment in Romania took the theatrical license for Warner Bros. pics, which it started distributing in September.
Its strategic distribution partners in the region include Monolith Films in Poland and Blitz Film and Video Distribution in the former Yugoslavia.