Seville, Maximum team on films

Canuck pair pact with Magnolia, HDNet

Entertainment One subsidiary Seville Entertainment and the brand-new Maximum Films have jointly signed an agreement with Magnolia Pictures and HDNet Films to take Canuck rights to “Flawless,” which stars Michael Caine and Demi Moore; Brian De Palma’s “Redacted”; and the doc “Surfwise.”

Robert Lantos’ Maximum will release the pics theatrically in English-speaking Canada, with Montreal-based Seville handling the French-Canadian marketplace for the pics.

Entertainment One president Patrice Theroux said the joint pic pact is not part of any bigger plan for Seville and Maximum to work together in the future.

“This is a limited three-picture deal,” said Theroux. “It’s very opportunistic. We were bidding for the same movies, and so we just thought it made good sense to do this together.”

Though Seville is taking only French-Canadian rights here, Theroux said Seville will be pushing ahead with plans to open a full Toronto office and to make an aggressive expansion into the cross-Canada marketplace.

“Films of quality and originality are the ones that interest and inspire me, so I look forward to working with Magnolia and HDNet Films,” said Maximum Films chairman Lantos.

Deal was negotiated by Mark Musselman from Maximum and Theroux from Entertainment One, with Laird Adamson and Jeff Cuban negotiating for HDNet/Magnolia.

“Flawless,” which is directed by Michael Radford (“Il Postino”), is the story of a janitor and an American exec who conspire to steal some priceless jewels from their employer.

“Redacted,” a controversial look at the American military in Iraq, just had its world preem in Venice and is set to make its North American preem at the Toronto Film Festival.

“Surfwise” is a portrait of legendary Malibu surfer Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz, who introduced the sport to Israel in the 1960s. The film, which will world preem at the Toronto fest, is produced by Graydon Carter and directed by Doug Pray.

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