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IFC Films Snaps up North American Rights to Duncan Ward’s Star Studded Satire ”Boogie Woogie” From The Works International

Ensemble cast includes Danny Huston, Stellan Skarsgard, Heather Graham, Alan Cumming, Christopher Lee, Charlotte Rampling, Amanda Seyfried, Jaime Winstone and Jack Huston

Theatrical release set for April 23rd, 2010 with an accompanying nationwide VOD release

New York (NY) (February 18, 2010) – IFC Films, the leading American distributor of independent and foreign films, announced today it has acquired North American rights to Duncan Ward’s BOOGIE WOOGIE. IFC Films is releasing the film theatrically on April 23rd and nationwide on video on demand beginning April 21st.

Adapted by Danny Moynihan from his novel of the same name, BOOGIE WOOGIE is a wicked satire set against the backdrop of the contemporary London art scene where lust, ambition and power prevail while success and failure precariously balance on a knife edge. The film features an amazing ensemble cast including established stars Danny Huston, Stellan Skarsgard, Heather Graham, Alan Cumming, Christopher Lee, Charlotte Rampling, and hot up-and-comers like Amanda Seyfried, Jaime Winstone and Jack Huston. BOOGIE WOOGIE premiered last year at the Edinburgh Film Festival.

The story centres around the acquisition of Mondrian’s abstract painting "Boogie Woogie". The film charts the schemings of the art dealers, collectors, artists and wannabees who are all willing to use any means necessary to achieve their own personal ambitions. Each parallel story plummets towards its own depraved and egotistical conclusion until the stories collide, leading to a shocking finale.

BOOGIE WOOGIE is directed by Duncan Ward. The film is an Autonomous/Colourframe Production with S Films, in association with Constance Media, Firefly Films, Muse Productions, P&C Arcade Films and Magna Films. BOOGIE WOOGIE is produced by Cat Villiers, Chris Simon, Kami Naghdi and Danny Moynihan.

The deal for BOOGIE WOOGIE was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, IFC Films VP of Acquisitions and Co-Productions.

Jonathan Sehring, President of IFC Entertainment, said, "Duncan Ward and Danny Moynihan have crafted a satirical and hilarious Altman-esque send-up of an art world gone mad. We are thrilled to be working with the extraordinary cast and filmmakers of BOOGIE WOOGIE and our friends at The Works. This is a great film for all of our platforms and we are incredibly excited by its prospects."

Carl Clifton, MD of The Works International, comments: "Boogie Woogie is outrageous, sexy and fun. IFC Films is a perfect fit for it. We’re thrilled to be partnering with them."

About The Works International
The Works’ current slate includes the hugely acclaimed and Oscar-tipped feature documentary THE COVE, and multi-award winning ANVIL: THE STORY OF ANVIL. The company also recently acquired much praised Tilda Swinton starrer IO SONO L’AMORE (I Am Love).

Established in 1986, The Works International is one of Europe’s leading sales agents. The company is owned by The Works Media Group plc, a stock market quoted company. Over the last few years, The Works International has cemented its position in the marketplace with a string of commercial and artistic successes.

Highlights over the years have included Oscar winners MAN ON WIRE, NO MAN’S LAND, THE CRYING GAME and ANTONIA’S LINE; Oscar nominees VENUS and WHALE RIDER; Golden Globe nominee and worldwide smash hit BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM; IN THIS WORLD and THE ROAD TO GUANTANAMO, winners of the Berlin Golden Bear and Silver Bear respectively; and Cannes Competition award winners SWEET SIXTEEN and CLEAN.

The Works’ 2009 slate included Stephen Poliakoff’s GLORIOUS 39; MY YEAR WITHOUT SEX – Sarah Watt’s follow up to Look Both Ways; BOOGIE WOOGIE starring Amanda Seyfried, Stellan Skarsgaard, Danny Huston; Rachel Ward’s directorial debut BEAUTIFUL KATE; and controversial thriller LA PRIMA LINEA from the producers of Il Divo.

About IFC Entertainment

A leader in the independent film industry, IFC Entertainment consists of multiple brands that are devoted to bringing the best of specialty films to the largest possible audience: IFC Films, Festival Direct, IFC Productions, and the IFC Center. IFC Films is a leading distributor of independent film. Its unique day and date distribution model, ’IFC In Theaters,’ makes independent films available to a national audience by releasing them simultaneously in theaters as well as on cable’s On Demand platform and through Pay-Per-View, reaching 50 million homes. ’IFC Festival Direct’ features a wide selection of titles acquired from major international film festivals and offers them exclusively through Video on Demand. IFC Productions is a feature film production company that provides financing for select independent film projects. IFC Center is a five screen, state-of-the-art cinema with luxurious seating and HD digital and 35mm projection that shows art-house films in the heart of New York’s Greenwich Village. IFC Entertainment’s companies are subsidiaries of Rainbow Media Holdings LLC.

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    For The Works International:
    Juliette Gill
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