Mandragora to co-produce ‘Girl Who Knew Too Much’

Solar Pictures parent firm signs on with China Film Group

Solar Pictures’ parent company, the Mandragora Intl. Group, has agreed to co-produce feature film “The Girl Who Knew Too Much” with China Film Group Corp.

The film is an English-language project that will be written and directed by Bobby Paunescu, producer of “Megatron” (winner of Cannes’ Palme d’Or for best short in 2008) and “The Death of Mr. Lazarescu” (Cannes’ Un Certain Regard winner, 2005).

Mandragora’s “Beyond the Hills” is at Cannes in the main competition. Pic is co-produced by Paunescu, who is the co-founder of Solar Pictures as well as founder and CEO of Mandragora.

“The Girl Who Knew Too Much” is a thriller that focuses on the love story between the Chinese owner of a world-renowned fashion brand and an international supermodel.

“It’s exciting that Solar Pictures and Mandragora Intl. Group are on the front line of the box office boom that is taking place in China,” Paunescu said.

In March, Paunescu teamed with former Comerica Entertainment group manager Jared Underwood, film and television producer Kearie Peak and business affairs and acquisitions exec Christopher Taylor to form Solar Pictures.

Underwood joins Paunescu as managing director, while Peak and Taylor are co-CEOs. The company has since added Amy Beecroft as head of distribution. Edward Lawson Johnston, founder of the London-based merchant bank LJ Group, is one of the major investors in the firm.

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