IM Global to Finance PLUSH; Strand Picks Up COMES A BRIGHT DAY; GKIDS to Release English-Language ERNEST & CELESTINE

     August 27, 2012


Three projects took a big step toward theaters today:

  • IM Global will finance Catherine Hardwicke’s Plush, an erotic thriller led by Emily Browning, Xavier Samuel, and Cam Gigandet.
  • Strand Releasing has acquired the U.S. rights to Simon Aboud’s Comes a Bright Day.  Craig Roberts and Imogen Poots star in the British production set during the robbery of a London jewelry store.
  • GKIDS signed a deal with Studiocanal to release an English-language version of Ernest & Celestinein the States in Fall 2013.

Hit the jump for details on each project.

emily browning plushAccording to THR, Plush just began shooting in Los Angeles this week.  The report provides this logline:

“[Plush is] about a rising rock star who, after losing her bandmate and brother to a drug overdose, finds herself in a downwards spiral. After her second album proves a commerical disaster, she becomes involved with a replacement guitarist, and their relationship soon crosses the line sexually.”


Kevin McKidd and Timothy Spall also star in Comes a Bright Day.  THR says that Strand plans for a November release.  Here is the official synopsis:

“An offbeat, coming-of age love-story set during the armed robbery of London’s most exclusive jewellers. Sometimes funny, often dark, always captivating and never what you expect.”


Finally, you can read up on all the details for Ernest & Celestine in this press release:

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New York, New York – August 27, 2012 – GKIDS, a distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences, announced that it has entered into a distribution agreement with Studiocanal for the US rights to animated feature ERNEST & CELESTINE (Ernest et Célestine).  Based on the popular children’s book series by author and illustrator, Gabrielle Vincent, and animated in sumptuous hand-painted watercolor design, the film tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a bear, Ernest, and a young mouse named Celestine.  The production was spearheaded by Didier Brunner and Les Armateurs (Kirikou & the Sorceress, Triplets of Belleville, The Secret of Kells) with participation of Studiocanal, Maybe Movies, La Parti Productions, Mélusine Productions and France 3 Cinema.  Studiocanal manages all rights as well as the international sales.

The film had its World Premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won special mention at Director’s Fortnight, and will make its North American premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.  French release is set for December 12th 2012.

The deal was negotiated by Vanessa Saal for Studiocanal and Eric Beckman for GKIDS.

GKIDS is handling US theatrical, home video, digital and TV rights and will dub the film into English for release in Fall 2013. The pickup follows a spate of recently announced acquisitions by GKIDS including From Up on Poppy Hill (Studio Ghibli, Japan),  Zarafa (Pathe, France), The Rabbi’s Cat (TF1, France), A Letter to Momo (Production I.G, Japan), Le Tableau (Rezo, France), and Wrinkles (Six Sales, Spain).  This comes on the heels of two Best Animated Feature Oscar nominations this year for A Cat in Paris and Chico & Rita.

GKIDS president Eric Beckman said, “We are overjoyed to be bringing Ernest & Celestine to US audiences. The film is a triumph of 2D animation and storytelling. A phenomenally beautiful hand painted watercolor design, immensely likable characters, a wonderful ‘friendship against all odds’ story that sweeps you up and does not waste a single minute of screen time.  It is just overflowing with warmth and playful visual humor, there is so, so much to like about this movie.”

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