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Altitude Secure German Distribution Deal for 'Black 47' Ahead of BIFF World Premiere
17 Jan 2018 : Nathan Griffin
New Irish feature film 'Black 47', which was announced to be making its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival (BIFF) next month, has been acquired by Ascot Elite.

The film which is being handled by Altitude will feature at the European Film Market during the festival in Berlin. Ascot Elite has secured the German distribution rights for the film while CAA already represents the film in the North American territories.

The film, which is an action movie set during the Great Irish Famine, stars Hugo Weaving (‘The Lord of the Rings’, ‘The Matrix’) and Jim Broadbent, (‘Iris’) and the prolific Irish screen and stage actor Stephen Rea (‘The Crying Game’).

Black 47’ will join films by Wes Anderson and Gus Van Sant at this year’s festival and now follows major Irish films such as Jim Sheridan’s ‘The Boxer’, Neil Jordan’s ‘The Butcher Boy and John Michael McDonagh’s ‘The Guard’ to have premiered at the festival.

Speaking about the selection earlier this week, Macdara Kelleher, MD of Fastnet Films and lead producer of the film said:

“It's an honour to be premiering Black 47 at one of the world's most prestigious festivals, alongside truly great filmmakers.  There’s a strong history of major films launching in Berlin and we can’t wait for the world to see this epic Irish famine story”

‘Black 47’ sees Weaving and Broadbent joined by other international talent including James Frecheville who starred in the critically acclaimed ‘Animal Kingdom’ and ‘The Drop’ with Tom Hardy and Freddie Fox who was recently seen in Guy Ritchie’s ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’.

The film also has a strong young Irish cast including Barry Keoghan (‘Dunkirk’, ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’), Moe Dunford (‘Vikings’, ‘Patrick’s Day’) and Sarah Greene (‘Noble’, ‘Penny Dreadful’).

Set in 1847, Ireland is in the grip of the Great Famine that has ravaged the country for two long years. Feeney, a hardened Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, abandons his post to return home and reunite with his estranged family.

‘Black 47’ is directed by Lance Daly, whose previous films include ‘Life’s a Breeze’ which premiered at Toronto Film Festival. His breakout feature ‘Kisses’ was named the Best Feature Film at the Galway Film Fleadh, Foyle and Miami film festivals, was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and the Golden Leopard at Locarno.  It became the highest grossing Irish film of the year and Lance picked up Best Director at the IFTA’s. Lance was winner of the Galway Film Fleadh’s Bingham Ray New Talent Award (2013).

The screenplay is written by PJ Dillon (‘Rewind’), Pierce Ryan (‘Standby’), Eugene O’Brien (‘Eden’) and Lance Daly (‘Life’s a Breeze’, ‘Kisses’).

‘Black 47’ is financed by the Irish Film Board, Primeridian Entertainment, the Luxembourg Film Fund, Wildcard Distribution, BAI, TV3, Eurimages, Umedia, Samsa Films and Fastnet Films.




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