BERLIN — New U.K. film distributor Neo has acquired two movies at Berlin’s European Film Market.
The company has picked up Celluloid Dreams’ “Closer to the Moon,” which is produced by Michael Fitzgerald (“The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada”). The film is an English-language comedy drama from director Nae Caranfil. It stars Vera Farmiga, who was Oscar nommed for “Up in the Air” and Emmy nommed for “Bates Motel,” and Mark Strong (“The Imitation Game”).
The film is a co-production between Italy’s Ugo Tucci, Poland’s Alessandro Leone and Romania’s Bobby Paulescu. It was picked up by IFC in the U.S., where it is set for a June release. Poland’s Ultra+Monolith releases it on March 13.
Neo also bought Luis Urquiza’s controversial Mexican pic “Obediencia perfecta” (Perfect Obedience) from Media Luna.
Neo, which stands for New Entertainment Organization, has three partners: vet programmer Martin Myers, London-based licensing specialist Giannina Antola and founder Max Saidel (The Business Street).
Saidel is co-producing PMI’s “The Whale,” the second feature from director Andrea Pallaoro (“Medeas”). Pic stars Charlotte Rampling.