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 acquired the North American rights to Oscar nominee Daniele Thompson’s French-language period drama Cezanne et Moi.
The film chronicles the decade-long friendship between painter Paul Cézanne and novelist Émile Zola in 19th century France.
Guillaume Gallienne stars as the post-impressionist Cézanne, who comes from a life of wealth but finds very little success with paintings, and Guillaume Canet plays Zola, who came from a poor background but received notoriety for his writings.
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.”
Magnet Releasing has nabbed U.S. rights to “Officer Downe,” the debut feature from M. Shawn Crahan, Variety has learned.
The gritty sci-fi film follows a police officer who is repeatedly killed, resurrected, and sent back into the field thanks to some shadowy technology that essentially makes him immortal. It’s an adaptation of a 2010 graphic novel by Joe Casey and Chris Burnham, and stars Kim Coates of “Sons of Anarchy” fame. Magnet is the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures.
“Officer Downe” will debut in theaters and on-demand platforms on Nov. 18. It plans to tout the film at New York Comic-Con in a few weeks.
Crahan is best known by his stage name “Clown.” He is a musician, music producer, and artist, who co-founded and is a member of the Grammy-winning heavy metal band Slipknot.
The drama, inspired by the director's own childhood, follows the adventures of a couple that set up a commune in 1970s Denmark.
Magnolia Pictures has picked up Thomas Vinterberg's 1970s-set drama The Commune for U.S. release.
The film, which stars Trine Dyrholm and Ulrich Thompson as a couple who set up an urban commune in 1970s Denmark, draws on the director's own childhood experiences. The Commune premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, where Dyrholm won the best actress Silver Bear.