Image Entertainment Acquires 'Last Love' From Sidney Kimmel Entertainment
CANNES, FRANCE -- (Marketwired) -- 05/17/13 -- Image Entertainment,
an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, has acquired all U.S.
rights to the romantic drama Last Love, based on Francoise Dorner's
French novel La Douceur Assassine. Starring Oscar winner Michael
Caine (The Dark Knight Rises, Inception), who recently signed on to
star in Interstellar -- his 6th Christopher Nolan film, Last Love is
written and directed by Sandra Nettelbeck, and co-stars Clemence
Poesy (In Bruges, 127 Hours), Justin Kirk (Goats, Showtime's
"Weeds"), Gillian Anderson (The X Files) and Jane Alexander (Dream
House, Terminator Salvation). Bill Bromiley, chief acquisitions
officer for Image Entertainment, made today's announcement.
Image acquired the film from producers/financiers Sidney Kimmel
Entertainment, Bavaria Pictures GmbH and Kaminski Stiehm. Global
Screen is handling international sales and will be attending the
upcoming Cannes film market. The film will be released via ultra VOD
in October and then theatrically in markets across the country.
Last Love stars Michael Caine as a lonely American widower who learns
to love life again after a chance meeting with a young woman
(Clemence Poesy) while living in Paris. The film, starring the
Academy Award winning Caine and scored by Academy Award winner Hans
Zimmer, was filmed entirely in Paris, France.
"The legendary Michael Caine delivers an outstanding performance in
this film," said Bromiley. "His versatility and presence on screen
command respect from peers and audiences alike. We are proud to
distribute another great work from one of the greatest actors of all
"Quality-made character driven dramas are finding great success in
this new business model of Ultra VOD and so we are thrilled to
partner with Image Entertainment as they release Last Love
theatrically in all the major U.S. markets in conjunction with their
VOD strategy. We have worked with Bill Bromiley and Image and they
have proven to be pioneers in this multi-platform arena, breaking new
ground with films of real substance. We are confident that Michael
Caine's performance in this exquisite romantic drama will reach a
wide audience," said Jim Tauber, President of SKE.
Last Love was produced by Astrid Kahmke, Frank Kaminski, Sidney
Kimmel, Philipp Kreuzer, Helge Sasse and Ulrich Stiehm and was
executive produced by SKE President Jim Tauber, SKE President of
Production Matt Berenson and Bruce Toll. German production companies
Bavaria Pictures, Kaminski Stiehm Film and Senator Film co-produced
with Belgium-based Scope Pictures and SKE, in association with
Elzevir Films of France. The deal was negotiated on behalf of SKE by
EVP Business and Legal Affairs Nick Hanks, Bromiley, Mark Ward and
Jess DeLeo on behalf of Image Entertainment, and ICM Parners on
behalf of the filmmakers.
Michael Caine has won two Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor
for his roles in Hannah and Her Sisters and The Cider House Rules and
has been nominated four times for Best Actor in Alfie, Sleuth,
Educating Rita and The Quiet American.
Recent Image Entertainment releases include The Numbers Station with
John Cusack and Malin Akerman, Tomorrow You're Gone with Stephen
Dorff, Michelle Monaghan and Willem Dafoe, Day of the Falcon with
Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto and Mark Strong and the upcoming The
Colony with Laurence Fishburne, Bill Paxton and Kevin Zegers, Blood
with Paul Bettany, Mark Strong and Brian Cox and Paradise with
Julianne Hough, Russell Brand, Octavia Spencer and Holly Hunter,
written, directed and produced by Diablo Cody.
ABOUT RLJ ENTERTAINMENT
RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) is a premier independent
licensee and distributor of entertainment content and programming in
North America, the United Kingdom and Australia with over 5,200
exclusive titles. RLJE is a leader in numerous genres via its owned
and distributed brands such as Acorn (British TV), Image (stand-up
comedy, feature films), One Village (urban), Acacia (fitness),
Slingshot (faith), Athena (educational), Criterion (art films) and
Madacy (gift sets). These titles are distributed in multiple formats
including DVD, Blu-Ray, digital download, digital streaming,
broadcast television (including satellite and cable), theatrical and
Via its majority-owned subsidiary Agatha Christie Limited, RLJE
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direct-to-consumer business, RLJE has direct contacts and billing
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RLJE leverages its management experience to acquire, distribute, and
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channels, and engages distinct audiences with programming that
appeals directly to their unique viewing interests. RLJE has
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owns the recently launched Acorn TV digital subscription service.
ABOUT SIDNEY KIMMEL ENTERTAINMENT
Veteran producer Sidney Kimmel heads Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, the
Los Angeles-based, wholly independent finance and production company
focused on bringing high profile, quality entertainment projects to
contemporary audiences in association with studio distribution
partners. Jim Tauber serves as President of Sidney Kimmel
Entertainment. Matt Berenson serves as President of Production.
The Company recently released "The Place Beyond the Pines," directed
by Derek Cianfrance, starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva
Mendes via Focus Features and "Stand-Up Guys," directed by Fisher
Stevens, starring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin,
produced in association with Lakeshore Entertainment for release by
Lions Gate Entertainment.
SKE has financed and produced, both independently and with studio
partners, 39 features since the Company was founded in 2004. Some of
the Company's releases include the hit thriller "The Lincoln Lawyer,"
starring Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe and
William H. Macy, in association with Lakeshore Entertainment and
released by Lions Gate Entertainment; the remake of its own 2006
British comedy "Death at a Funeral," with co-writer/co-producer Chris
Rock leading an all-star ensemble cast, released by Screen Gems,
"Adventureland," the Greg Mottola directed critical hit, starring
Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, co-financed, co-produced and
released by Miramax; Marc Forster's "The Kite Runner," based on the
acclaimed novel of the same name, produced with DreamWorks Pictures,
Participant Productions, and Parkes/MacDonald Productions, released
by Paramount Vantage; the Academy-Award nominated "Lars and the Real
Girl," starring Ryan Gosling, Patricia Clarkson, and Emily Mortimer,
directed by Craig Gillespie and released by MGM; and Oscar-nominee
Paul Greengrass' "United 93," based on the true story of the doomed
flight of 9/11, in association with Universal Pictures.
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