STARRING SAM KEELEY, MELISSA LEO AND KAL PENN
The Orchard takes North America
Montréal – November 2 2017 – Seville International is pleased to announce a strong round of international sales on Ben Rekhi’s mystical thriller THE ASHRAM ahead of the American Film Market.
Sales on the film include North America (The Orchard), Portugal (Nos Lusomundo), Middle East (Empire International Gulf), Turkey (Yeni Film), China (Lemon Tree), Indonesia (Pratama), Malaysia (Suraya), Thailand (Major Kantana), Vietnam (Green Media), and the film will also be featured as part in-flight viewing from Jaguar.
From director Ben Rekhi (Waterborne), producer Guneet Monga (The Lunchbox, Gangs of Wasseypur) and executive producer Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (Insidious, Sinister, Take Shelter), THE ASHRAM stars Irish actor Sam Keeley (The Cured, Burnt, In the Heart of the Sea), alongside Academy Award® winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter, 21 Grams, Prisoners), Kal Penn (Harold and Kumar franchise, The Namesake, “House”), Hera Hilmar (Mortal Engines, “Da Vinci’s Demons”) and rising Indian star Radhika Apte (Badlapur, Parched). The film was produced under Monga’s Sikhya Entertainment and was co-written by Rekhi and Binky Mendez.
Shot in India, THE ASHRAM is set in the timeless and mystical world of yogis in the Himalayas. After receiving a cryptic message, American skeptic Jamie journeys deep into the Indian Himalayas to pick up on the trail of his disappeared girlfriend. There, he discovers a secretive community led by a guru with strange and mystical powers who may or may not be involved in her disappearance. As Jamie travels deeper down the rabbit hole, he quickly realizes that this mysterious community may be harboring secrets far beyond anything he could have ever imagined…
“We are thrilled to be able to share this mystical love story with audiences around the world,” said Anick Poirier, Senior Vice President, International Sales, Seville International. “The west has long been fascinated with eastern spirituality and Ben has woven together an electrifying tale, bringing together both worlds with THE ASHRAM.”
The Orchard sale was negotiated in conjunction between Kavanaugh-Jones and Poirier on behalf of Seville International with international sales negotiated by Natalie Kampelmacher, Director of Sales and Charlotte Lopez, Sales Executive.
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, Reliance Entertainment, Alibaba Pictures and Universal Filmed Entertainment; newly-launched MAKEREADY with Brad Weston; leading feature film production and global sales company Sierra Pictures; unscripted television production company 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 The Orchard
The Orchard, celebrating 20 years in business, is a pioneering independent film, TV and music distribution company that operates in over 25 global markets. The company, founded as a music distributor in 1997, is a groundbreaking leader in the film and television distribution space, known for its innovative technology that provides filmmakers with up-to-the minute trending data and analytics on their projects. Upcoming film releases include I Love You, Daddy; Kings; BPM (Beats Per Minute); Thelma; The Work; 11/8/16; and Outside In. The company’s film division has enjoyed such recent successes as the Academy Award-nominated documentaries Cartel Land and Life, Animated; Taika Waititi’s The Hunt for the Wilderpeople; Academy Award-winner Morgan Neville’s The Music of Strangers; Alex Lehmann’s Blue Jay; Antonio Campos’ Christine; Pablo Larrain’s critically acclaimed, Golden Globe-nominated Neruda; Oren Moverman’s The Dinner; and Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent. The company is currently in theaters with Super Dark Times, Dina and Trophy.
For more information on The Orchard, please visit www.theorchard.com.
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