Seville International to Launch Sales in Cannes
Montreal – In its commitment to bringing strong independent films to audiences around the world, Seville International is pleased to announce that it has secured the sales rights to Drake Doremus’ latest film, NEWNESS from producer John Finemore and UTA. Sales of the sexy social-media driven romantic drama, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, will launch at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.
From acclaimed and award-winning director Drake Doremus (LIKE CRAZY, EQUALS), written by Ben York Jones (LIKE CRAZY, BREATHE IN), NEWNESS stars Nicholas Hoult (MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, EQUALS, X-MEN DAYS OF FUTURE PAST), rising star Laia Costa (VICTORIA), Danny Houston (WONDER WOMAN), Matthew Gray Gubler (CRIMINAL MINDS), Courtney Eaton (MAD MAX: FURY ROAD), Jessica Henwick (GAME OF THRONES) and Albert Hammond Jr. NEWNESS marks the third feature project for Doremus and York Jones, their previous film LIKE CRAZY premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the festival’s Grand Jury Prize.
“In a world that is dictated by technology and endless options, the ability to make and sustain meaningful connections is steadily decreasing,” said director Doremus. “In NEWNESS, we wanted to illustrate how options can be both a positive and negative when trying to build deep, lasting relationships.”
NEWNESS follows Martin (Hoult) and Gabi (Costa), two millennials in Los Angeles navigating a social-media driven hook-up culture that begin a relationship which pushes both emotional and physical boundaries. At first their relationship is new and exhilarating, then, as time passes it becomes mundane. The thought of something new is intoxicating. With so many opportunities available, can two people sustain a fulfilling relationship, or will they flounder in a sea of too many options?
“We’re delighted to bring this tantalizing story to audiences. Doremus’ film is fresh and sexy. Nicholas and Laia turn up the heat and capture the hunger and excitement of a new relationship and the twists and turns it can take. We look forward to sharing NEWNESS with our partners in Cannes,” said Anick Poirier, SVP, International Sales, Seville International.
The film is produced by Scott Free’s Michael Schaefer and Michael Pruss, alongside Robert George
and Lost City’s John Finemore. Ridley Scott serves as an executive producer, with Mason Novick,
Elizabeth Grave and James Hoppe serving as executive producers from Lost City.
About Entertainment One
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a global independent studio that specialises in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. The Company’s diversified expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Through its global reach and expansive scale, powered by deep local market knowledge, the Company delivers the best content to the world.
Entertainment One’s robust network includes film and television studio The Mark Gordon Company; content creation venture Amblin Partners with Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; leading feature film production and global sales company Sierra Pictures; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning digital agency Secret Location.
The Company’s rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 100,000 hours of film and television content and approximately 40,000 music tracks.
Seville International is the company’s Montréal-based international film distribution arm specializing in strong independent films with crossover potential and arthouse films with award pedigree from Québec, Canada and around the world.
About Lost City
Lost City is a film production and financing company managed by principals-partners and producers John
Finemore and James Hoppe, with producer Mason Novick and Elizabeth Grave as Senior Vice President of Development & Production. It operates from headquarters in Los Angeles with additional offices in
Melbourne, Australia. In its first couple of years, Lost City has produced and released a Netflix original,
ARQ, written and directed by Tony Elliott starring Robbie Amell and Rachael Taylor, which premiered at
Toronto International Film Festival this year, as well as securing a variety of projects currently in
development. These include WONDERFUL UNKNOWN, written by Verity Colquhoun and to be directed by Brett Haley, URSA MAJOR, written and to be directed by Patrick Somerville, the New York Times
nonfiction bestseller STARVATION HEIGHTS, currently being adapted by Aaron Rabin; MONEY SHOT, to
be directed by Adria Petty; and the thriller THE SHAVE, written by Thomas White and Miles Hubley, in
partnership with Route One and Maiden Voyage.
About Scott Free
Scott Free Productions was formed in 1995 and is the film and television production vehicle of acclaimed
film directors, brothers Ridley and Tony Scott. The company is responsible for some of the most successful films ever made – including Top Gun, Gladiator, Blade Runner, Alien, American Gangster, Thelma and Louise and Black Hawk Down. Scott Free films have received over 60 Academy Award ® nominations. Scott Free Productions recently released the Academy Award ® nominated and critically-acclaimed box office phenomenon The Martian starring Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain, Equals starring Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult, and the football drama Concussion starring Will Smith and Alec Baldwin. Scott Free has offices in Los Angeles and London in conjunction with RSA Films, one of the world’s largest and most successful commercial production houses.
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