RBG, the 2018 Sundance Film Festival sensation produced by CNN Films and Storyville Films about the consequential life and legal legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has been acquired from CNN Films by Magnolia Pictures and Participant Media for worldwide distribution, including theatrical, home video, SVOD, and international television. CNN Films has U.S. broadcast rights to RBG. The film is directed and produced by award-winning filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen of Storyville Films.
“RBG is an incredibly inspirational film about a supremely inspirational woman,” said Eamonn Bowles, president of Magnolia Pictures. “Betsy and Julie have done a phenomenal job highlighting Justice Ginsburg’s tremendous effect on all of our lives. I cannot wait to show it to my daughters.”
Magnolia Pictures announced today that they have acquired worldwide rights to director Jed Rothstein’s documentary THE CHINA HUSTLE, an unsettling and eye-opening Wall Street horror story about Chinese companies, the American stock market, and the opportunistic greed behind the biggest heist you’ve never heard of. The film world-premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival to critical acclaim, with Variety’s Scott Tobias extolling, “Jed Rothstein’s wildly entertaining documentary THE CHINA HUSTLE blows the lid off another multibillion-dollar heist built on complex financial instruments and a whole lot of smoke and mirrors.” Magnolia is eyeing an early 2018 release.
Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to “Boom for Real: the Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat,” a documentary about the late American artist that premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.
The film focuses on the artist’s life in New York City during the late 1970s, and how that city influenced his work. It includes writings, art and photographs never seen before.
Sara Driver directed the film, which she produced alongside Rachel Dengiz. The movie is a production of Hells Kitten Productions, Faliro House, Le Pacte, Leopardo Filmes and Bunny Lake Films. Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Jean Labadie and Paulo Branco are executive producers.
Magnolia Pictures has picked up U.S. rights to Susanna Nicchiarelli’s “Nico, 1998,” the distributor announced on Wednesday. The film is a look at the last two years of the Velvet Underground singer and actress’s life. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Danish actress, singer and songwriter Trine Dyrholm plays Nico during singer and former Warhol superstar’s last hurrah during the final two years of her life, 1987 and 1988, when her new manager convinces her to go on tour and promote her new album. Nico is also looking to reconnect with her son.
“Nico, 1988” won Best Film in Horizon section at this year’s Venice Film Festival. Magnolia is planning for a 2018 theatrical release.
Magnolia Pictures has nabbed North American rights to “Under the Tree,” a new comedy from Icelandic writer and director Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson, Variety has learned
“Under the Tree” digs into the mounting tensions between two neighboring families in a quiet suburb. One man who is forced to move back with his parents after he is accused of adultery. While fighting for custody of his young daughter, he finds himself embroiled in a dispute between his parents and their neighbors over an old and beautiful tree. Things get derailed in violent fashion.
The film had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and is screening at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival, where the deal was inked. Magnolia will release the picture theatrically in 2018.
“‘Under the Tree’ takes the classic comedic conceit of warring neighbors and ratchets it up with a jaw-dropping intensity,” said Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles in a statement. “It’s a singular and incredible film.”
Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford all appear in the fashion documentary.
Ahead of its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, The Gospel According to Andre has been picked up by Magnolia Pictures in North America.
The fashion documentary from director Kate Novack chronicles the life and career of Andre Leon Talley, from Andy Warhol's Factory in the 1970s to the pages of Vogue magazine as editor-at-large. Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford and Valentino are among those who give interviews in the feature, which also includes archival footage.
As expected, a top stateside specialty distributor, Magnolia Pictures, has scooped up North American rights to German writer-director Fatih Akin’s acclaimed Cannes entry “In the Fade,” in time for 2017 Oscar consideration. German star Diane Kruger (“Inglourious Basterds”) won Best Actress at Cannes for her intense role as a hard-drinking, tatoo-sporting wife and mother who falls apart as she mourns her husband and son after they are killed in a Neo-Nazi bomb attack. She eventually recovers enough to turn to revenge.
The film screened late in Cannes, without much buzz. And then — despite Nicole Kidman being the toast of the Croisette with “The Beguiled,” “Top of the Lake,” and “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” — Kruger took the prize for best actress. Kidman had to settle for a special jury award.
Magnolia Pictures will launch international sales in Cannes on the comedy Permanentstarring Patricia Arquette and Rainn Wilson.
Colette Burson wrote and directed the 1980’s-set coming-of-age story about a young teenager who desperately wants a perm to make a fashion statement at school.
When her clueless parents take her to a hairdressing academy to save money, things go wrong. Newcomer Kira McLean rounds out the key cast.
Magnolia head of worldwide sales Scott Veltri and director of international sales Lorna Lee Sagebiel-Torres will introduce Permanent on the Croisette.
Samurai epic plays out of competition in Cannes. HanWay handles international sales.
The genre arm of Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to Takashi Miike’s Cannes official selection Blade Of The Immortal.
The film will play out of competition and is based on Hiroaki Samura’s long-running manga of the same name. Magnet plans to release the film later this year.
Blade Of The Immortal follows a warrior enlisted by a young girl to avenge her parents’ slaughter by master swordsmen.
Takuya Kimura stars alongside newcomer Hana Sugisaki, Sôta Fukushi, Ebizô Ichikawa, and veterans of the screen Min Tanaka, and Tsutomu Yamazaki.
The film is Swedish director Ruben Ostlund's follow-up to his Golden Globe-nominated 'Force Majeure.'
Magnolia Pictures has acquired the U.S. rights to writer-director Ruben Ostlund's The Square, which stars Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West and Claes Bang.
Set in the art world, The Square follows a museum manager in charge of an exhibition space where an artist places a new installation meant to promote altruism. The manager hires a ruthless PR firm to promote the new exhibition, and the publicity gets out of hand, sparking a public uproar. Moss plays a reporter covering the exhibition.
Magnolia Pictures has acquired the North American rights to Raoul Peck’s “I Am Not Your Negro,” a documentary based on James Baldwin’s unfinished book, “Remember This House.”
“Remember This House” is considered one of the great incomplete works of American literature, in which Baldwin attempted to recount the lives and successive assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. The author’s notes and the unfinished manuscript were entrusted to filmmaker Peck by the Baldwin estate.
Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, “I Am Not Your Negro” turns the 30 pages of “Remember This House” that Baldwin wrote before his passing in 1987 into an American epic of murders, martyrs, politics and race, per the official description. While steeped in the stories of the struggles for racial and economic equality in the ’50s and ’60s, “I Am Not Your Negro” also takes a look at how America’s collective past has shaped our attitudes about race in the present.
Magnolia Pictures has snagged the U.S. distribution rights for “The Square,” from “Force Majeure” writer and director Ruben Ostlund.
The film, which stars Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West and Claes Bang, is about a museum manager whose plans to promote an art exhibit focused on altruism spirals out of control and sparks a public uproar. Moss plays a journalist reporting on the exhibit.
“The Square” is Ostlund’s followup to 2014’s “Force Majeure,” which was nominated for a Golden Globe. That film follows the marital tension of a Swedish couple trapped in an avalanche when their ski trip goes awry. Magnolia was also the U.S. distributor for “Force Majeure.”