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Cannes: Curious Films Sets Diverse Slate

Pan Nalin’s “Beyond the Known World,” which is now in post-production, heads the production and co-production slate of Australia and New Zealand mini-conglomerate Curious Films.

The film marks a return to the Himalayas for noted stylist Nalin (“Samsara,” “Valley of Flowers”) and stars David Wenham, Sia Trokenheim and Emmanuelle Beart.

Structured as a New Zealand-India co-production, is the story of an estranged couple who travel to India in search of their missing daughter. Matthew Horrocks and Kristian Eek are set as producers. Arclight Films is handling international sales. Curious will distribute in Australia and New Zealand.

Taika Waititi’s comic adventure “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” a follow-up to his festival hit vampire mockumentary “What We Do in the Shadows,” kicked off production May 18. “Wilderpeople” stars Sam Neill (“The Piano”) and Julian Dennison (“Paper Planes”). Waititi is producing with Carthew Neal, Leanne Saunders and Matt Noonan. Madman Entertainment has acquired all rights for Australia and New Zealand and will release in New Zealand  in partnership with the producers.

Features in development include thriller “Mystery Ride,” a U.K./New Zealand co-production to be directed by Virginia Heath (“From Scotland With Love”), with a confirmed cast including Frances O’Connor, Peter Mullan and Sam Neill. TrustNordisk is handling international sales. Another is ultra-low-budget U.S. feature “Warm Blood” being shot by cinematographer Christopher Blauvelt (“The Bling Ring”) and directed by Los Angeles-based skateboarder and artist Rick Charnoski, from a script by Amiel Courtin-Wilson (“Hail, Ruin”).

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Curious is a full-service production company with post-production and distribution facilities, in Sydney, Auckland, Singapore and Los Angeles. Since 2010 it has also been involved in distribution. Its releases have included “Winter’s Bone,” “The Rocket” and Oscar-winner, “Ida.”

 

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