Munich-based sales company Global Screen has closed multiple distribution deals on the 3D animated adventure movie “Luis and the Aliens,” in advance of the feature film’s AFM market premiere. The pic is produced by Emely Christians at Ulysses Films, whose previous animation feature, “Ooops! Noah is Gone…,” sold-out worldwide and grossed more than €25 million ($29 million) at the international box office.
The film is written and directed by Wolfgang and Christoph Lauenstein, who won the Oscar for short animated film “Balance,” and is co-produced by Fabrique d’Images in Luxembourg and A. Film Production in Denmark.
“Luis and the Aliens” will be released in Germany by Majestic, in cooperation with 20th Century Fox and Telepool, and in Scandinavia by SF Studios. Presales include Middle East (Gulf Film), CIS (Voxell), Poland (Kino Swiat), China (H.G.C. Entertainment Limited), South Korea (Smiles Entertainment), Central and South America (LEDA Films), Spain (Flins & Piniculas), Portugal (Lusomundo), Greece (Rosebud.21), Bulgaria (Pro Films), Slovenia (Karantanija), Croatia (Editus), Serbia (Taramount Film), Turkey (Medyavizyon), the Baltics (Garsu Pasaulio Irasai), Indonesia (Pratama), Malaysia (Suraya Film), Philippines (Crystalsky Multimedia Marketing), Vietnam (Rainfilm) and India (Runaway Luminosity Distribution).
Global Screen is in negotiations with distributors from the U.K., North America and France.
The movie tells the story of 12-year-old Luis, who makes friends with three clumsy little aliens who crash their spaceship near his home in a Midwestern city. In return for Luis’ help finding the home-shopping-channel stuff they came for, they try to save Luis from boarding school – and a tumultuous adventure takes its course.
“We are thrilled to premiere this outstanding feature film at the AFM, and we are proud that we’ve some of the most prolific distributors for animation and family entertainment films on board already. Without any doubt, our buyers and the audience will enjoy the truly unique hair-raising mix-ups and unexpected twists,” Alice Buquoy, senior sales and acquisitions manager at Global Screen, said.
AFM screenings are scheduled for Nov. 3 and Nov. 5.