Starring Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau, “Remember” has its North American premiere as a gala screening at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival Sept. 12. Robert Lantos produced.
In most recent sales, Tiberius Film has closed Germany, while Paradiso Filmed Entertainment nabbed Benelux, Lusomundo has taken Portugal and Bravos picked up Hong Kong. HBO and Pacific Theaters have acquired Asian pay TV rights. U.K. and Australia are under ongoing discussions that are expected to close in Toronto, IM Global founder-CEO Stuart Ford said Thursday.
In a deal handled by WME, A24 picked up U.S. rights to “Remember” at Cannes in May.
Pact add to major territory deals struck for France (ARP), Japan (Asmik Ace), Italy (Wild Bunch), Spain (Wild Bunch), Scandinavia (Scanbox), South Korea (Joy N Contents Group) and Latin America (Sun Distribution Group).
In a slew of other deals, Pa Dora has taken ex-Yugoslavia, PT Athali Suskes Makmur bought Indonesia, and Spentzos Film Greece. GSC Movies has taken Malaysia, Catchplay nabbed Taiwan and United King Video picked up Israel; Selim Ramia & Co has licensed the Middle East and Videovision Entertainment has taken South Africa.
“Remember’s” sales reinforce an adage that has always been true — “a great script, from a heavyweight filmmaker, with a top class cast onboard will pre-sell very successfully in the right hands,” Ford said.
Based on Benjamin August’s stage play, “Remember” stars Plummer as a retiree who escapes his nursing home to exact vengeance on the man who killed his family seven decades before — as long as he can remember his mission.
“Remember” is produced by Robert and Ari Lantos for Serendipity Point Films, in association with Distant Horizon, Detalle, Telefilm Canada and Egoli Tossell. “Remember” will be distributed by eOne in Canada.
Egoyan’s film has been described as “Hitchcockian.” “It’s a taught, lean thriller with a killer twist in the Final Act,” Ford assented.
“In ‘Remember,’ there’s a clever juxtaposition between the protagonist’s own rapidly diminishing powers of short term memory and his more visceral, indelible recollection of the horrors inflicted on his family,” Ford added.
“The first helps propel the character’s journey. The second cements the audience’s empathy for him and drives your desire to see his mission succeed. Atom Egoyan deftly manipulates the mechanics of both devices brilliantly in my opinion.”