IFC Films, May 28, 2015

IFC FILMS ACQUIRES U.S. RIGHTS FROM HANWAY FILMS TO MATTEO GARRONE’S TALE OF TALES

Film Starring Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly and Vincent Cassel

Premiered In Competition at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival

CANNES, FRANCE (May 28, 2015) – IFC Films announced today that the company is acquiring U.S. rights to Matteo Garrone’s TALE OF TALES. The film stars Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, John C. Reilly, Toby Jones, Shirley Henderson, Hayley Carmichael, Bebe Cave and Alba Rohrwacher. It was produced by Jeremy Thomas, Jean Labadie and Garrone, from a screenplay by Edoardo Albinati, Ugo Chiti, Massimo Gaudioso and Garrone, and executive produced by Alessio Lazzareschi, Peter Watson, Nicki Hattingh, Anne Sheehan and Sheryl Crown.

TALE OF TALES, Garrone’s first English language film, had its world premiere last week In Competition at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Garrone is a favorite at Cannes, having twice won the Jury Prize.

Inspired by the celebrated fairytales by Giambattista Basile, TALE OF TALES is an epic vision of cinema. From the quest of the Queen of Longtrellis to have a child, to two mysterious sisters who provoke the passion of the King of Strongcliff, to the King of Highhills obsessed with his pet flea, these stories weave the beautiful with the grotesque, creating a stunning and unique work of gothic imagination.

“We are thrilled to be working again with Matteo Garrone, who has a truly unique and inspired vision, whether he is adapting Neopolitan tales of kings and ogres as he has done magnificently in TALE OF TALES or painting a portrait of the real life Mafia as he did in GOMORRAH,” says Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films.  “With his latest masterwork TALE OF TALES, Matteo demonstrates once again that he is not just one of the world’s leading auteur filmmakers but that the scale and range of his projects are so incredibly diverse that he is accomplished in almost every filmmaking genre possible.”

The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco from Sundance Selects/IFC Films with Thorsten Schumacher at Hanway Films on behalf of the filmmakers.

In addition to the deal on TALE OF TALES at Cannes this year, IFC Films also acquired U.S. rights to Fernando León de Aranoa’s A PERFECT DAY starring Benicio del Toro and Tim Robbins, and its sister label Sundance Selects acquired U.S. rights to Alice Winocour’s second feature film DISORDER (MARYLAND) starring Matthias Schoenaerts, Diane Kruger and Paul Hamy. Additionally, the company’s film DHEEPAN from director Jacques Audiard was awarded the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. This is the company’s fourth Palme d’Or winner in the last ten years, having also won with THE WIND THE SHAKES THE BARLEY (2006); 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS, AND 2 DAYS (2007); and BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR (2013).

IFC Films is a sister label to IFC Midnight and Sundance Selects, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.

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About IFC Films

Established in 2000 and based in New York City, IFC Films is a leading U.S. distributor of quality talent-driven independent film. Recent IFC Films successes include Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD starring Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke and Lorelei Linklater, which was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture; and Michael Winterbottom’s THE TRIP TO ITALY starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon.  Upcoming films include Leslye Headland’s SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE starring Alison Brie and Jason Sudeikis. Some of the company’s notable releases over the years have included Joel Zwick’s MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, Michael Moore’s FAHRENHEIT 9/11, Lena Dunham’s TINY FURNITURE, Noah Baumbach’s FRANCES HA, and Alfonso Cuaron’s Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN. IFC Films is a sister label to Sundance Selects and IFC Midnight, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.

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