Sanjeev Singh, Head of Acquisition and Distribution for Videovision Entertainment announced from the Cannes Film Festival today the acquisition of the South African rights to the films In The Name Of The King: Dungeon Siege, Gracie, Power Of The Game, Irina Palm and BloodRayne II. These acquisitions follow the scooping of the South African rights to We Own The Night which is ‘In Competition’ in Cannes and Talk To Me last week.
In The Name Of The King: Dungeon Siege, budgeted at US$60 million, is directed by Uwe Boll and stars Jason Stratham, John Rhys-Davies, Burt Reynolds and Ray Liotta. It is an epic fantasy adventure based the popular Microsoft interactive game, the Dungeon Siege series. It follows the trials and tribulations of the Kingdom of Ehb and its King, Konreid who must defend his people from the evil Gallian, who seeks to overthrow him. A horrifying army of animal-like warriors known as the Krugs has been sent by Gallian to pillage and destroy any villages in their path as they rampage across the land on their way to the King. The film is scheduled to be released in the United States on 5 December 2007 with over 2500 prints.
Gracie set in 1978, is an inspirational film about a teenage girl who overcomes the loss of her brother and fights the odds to achieve her dream of playing competitive soccer at a time when girls’ soccer did not exist. Based on true events from the lives of the Shue family, the film is directed by Academy Award-winning director, Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) and stars Carly Schroeder, Elizabeth Shue, and Dermot Mulroney. Picture House will release the film in the United States on 1 June 2007 with over 900 prints.
The Power Of The Game, the stimulating documentary feature, is directed by Michael Apted (The World Is Not Enough, Rome). The film tracks how the commonality of soccer, the world’s most popular sport, is used to illuminate the conflicts and opportunities that face us as we transition toward a global community. The Power of the Game interweaves six stories chronicling how soccer influences politics, race and society in South Africa, Iran, Argentina, England, Pakistan, Senegal and the United States. Among the South African personalities featured in the film are CEO of the SA 2010 Local Organising Committee, Danny Jordaan; Minister in the Presidency, Dr Essop Pahad; Mrs Winnie Madkizela-Mandela and other personalities.
Irina Palm, the hit of the Berlin and Cannes Film Festivals where is received standing ovations, stars Marianne Faithful and is directed by Sam Garbarski. The film focuses on a 50-year-old widow who desperately needs money to pay for a medical treatment for her ill grandson.
BloodRayne II: Deliverance, the follow up to the highly successful BloodRayne, stars Natassia Malthe (Dead Or Alive, Electra), Zack Ward (Tranformers), Michael Pare (Virgin Suicides). This sequel to the successful video game adaptation of BloodRayne brings back the sexy and dangerous vampire slayer in the new chapter of the Rayne saga which continues in the Wild West. The original BloodRayne will be released in South Africa this month by 20th Century Fox through Nu Metro Home Entertainment.
“We are delighted to have acquired a diverse range of high quality and critically acclaimed films in Cannes for distribution in South Africa. In The Name Of The King: Dungeon Siege and BloodRayne II are fantasy films that will hold young audiences riveted while Gracie and The Power Of The Game, both of which centre around soccer, illustrate the positive aspects of sport in our lives, especially its ability to bring people together. Irina Palm on the other hand gives a perspective of the love of a grandmother has for a grandchild.”
In The Name Of The King, Gracie, Power Of The Game and Irina Palm will be released theatrically in South Africa by Videovision Entertainment through United International Pictures while BloodRayne II will be released directly to DVD.