Tartan launches U.S. distrib with Breillat pic

Co. also pacts with Dada, Vitagraph for releases

LONDON — Tartan USA, the recently announced Stateside arm of British indie Tartan Films, has entered a three-way alliance for U.S. theatrical distribution with Dada Films, run by former First Look execs M.J. Peckos and Bobby Myerson, and David Schultz’s Vitagraph.

The trio will acquire movies either separately or together, depending on the project, but release them all jointly, sharing the marketing costs.

Tartan USA will launch with the Aug. 27 release of Catherine Breillat’s “Anatomy of Hell,” followed by Ji-woon Kim’s “A Tale of Two Sisters” in October, Chan-wook Park’s “Sympathy For Mr Vengeance” in November and the same director’s Cannes entry “Old Boy” in March.

It will also release Michael Winterbottom’s “Nine Songs” in January.

The distribution chores will be directly handled by Peckos and Myerson, formerly prexy of distribution and head of theatrical publicity respectively at First Look which they ankled in 2003.

When Tartan acquires movies, it will put up the advance and handle the video distribution through its own U.S. video arm, which is being launched simultaneously. Theatrical and TV rights will be held and exploited by the three-way partnership.

Tartan topper Hamish McAlpine, who already divides his time between his homes in Los Angeles and London, said he expects to release six to eight titles theatrically each year, and 20 to 24 titles on video.

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