Cannes fave “Holy Motors” to be distributed here

Last Updated: March 29, 2013By Tags:

It’s official, Cannes’ jack-in-the-box title by France’s Leos Carax “Holy Motors” has found a distributor. Indomina, which produces the “Cabin Fever” series, has bought the rights; no theatrical date as of this writing. This was one of the most anticipated film at Cannes this year and one of the top three films preferred by the press.

Here’s the official press release:

It was announced that The Indomina Group, the fast-growing producer and distributor of film, TV and trans-media content, has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Leos Carax’s critically acclaimed French drama “Holy Motors,” an official Cannes competition film starring Michel Piccoli, Denis Lavant, Eva Mendes and Kylie Minogue. The announcement was made in Cannes by Indomina Group Vice Chairman and CEO Jasbinder Singh Mann.

Written and directed by Leos Carax, “Holy Motors” takes viewers on a journey from dawn to dusk, chronicling a few hours in the life of Monsieur Oscar, a shadowy character who journeys from one life to the next. He is, in turn, captain of industry, assassin, beggar, monster, family man.

He seems to be playing roles, plunging headlong into each part – but where are the cameras? Monsieur Oscar is alone, accompanied only by Céline, the slender blonde woman behind the wheel of the vast engine that transports him through and around Paris. He¹s like a conscientious assassin moving from hit to hit.

In pursuit of the beautiful gesture, the mysterious driving force, the women and the ghosts of past lives.

But where is his true home, his family, his rest?

The film premiered in Cannes on Thursday, May 24th with its stars in attendance and has been receiving rave reviews from critics and fans around the world.

Indomina Vice Chairman and CEO Jasbinder Singh Mann said, “Leos Carax is a masterful filmmaker. His unique, singular vision is something that cannot be overlooked in today’s marketplace. The film really stays with you after you’ve left the cinema – a testament to not only a brilliant story but amazing direction and performances. We’re thrilled to have this film on our release slate.”

Rob Williams, Indomina’s Vice President of Acquisitions, negotiated the deal with Carole Baraton of Wild Bunch, which is handling international sales for the film.

“Holy Motors” was produced by Martine Marignac through Pierre Grise Productions with funds from the CNC, Île-de-France region, Arte France, Canal+ and Ciné+. The film is a German co-production through the company Pandora, and also received funds from the Franco-German co-production support committee.

Recent acquisitions for The Indomina Group’s releasing division include the Chinese blockbuster “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate,” which will have an IMAX theatrical run in the U.S. this fall; Ice-T’s performance movie “Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap;” Sheldon Candis’ “LUV,” starring Common; the acclaimed documentary “The Imposter,” and the music themed coming of age film “Filly Brown.”

Upcoming productions from Indomina include a new live action “Afro Samurai” with Samuel L. Jackson, “Cabin Fever: Patient Zero” and “Cabin Fever: Outbreak.”

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