The Wolfpack for Edge, another eight documentaries for NonStop
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Edge and NonStop Entertainment have returned from the European Film Market in Berlin with acquisitions for the Nordic and Baltic markets
“Edge Entertainment had a great first year, and we look forward to an even stronger 2015,” said veteran Swedish distributor Ignas Scheynius, who launched his new distribution company, based in Stockholm, at last year’s Berlinale.
He returned from the 2015 European Film Market with, among others, US director Crystal Moselle’s first documentary, The Wolfpack, “simply an amazing piece of work”. For several years, she has followed the Angulo brothers, a New York clan shut off from society in a Manhattan apartment, where they learn about the outside world through the films they watch.
Edge Entertainment took the film (from Magnolia Pictures) for Scandinavia, Iceland and the Baltics, having also acquired French director Laurent Cantet’s Return to Ithaca [+see also:
interview: Laurent Cantet
film profile] (from Funny Balloons) and Spanish director Carlos Marques-Marcet’s Long Distance [+see also:
interview: Carlos Marques-Marcet
film profile] (from Visit Film), which earlier this year earned Marques-Marcet the Goya Award for Best New Director.
Having already purchased seven features for the Nordic and Baltic markets, acquisitions manager Jakob Abrahamsson and distribution manager Johannes Glaumann, of Stockholm’s NonStop Entertainment, concluded their shopping spree at the EFM, signing for eight documentaries:
- US directors Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher K Walker's Welcome to Leith, about neo-Nazism in the US, in which a white supremacist attempts to take over a small town in North Dakota (from Submarine)
- US director Doug Aitken’s Station to Station, including 60 one-minute films featuring 60 different artists – such as Patti Smith, Jackson Browne and Cat Power – and shot on a 4,000-mile train voyage from the Atlantic to the Pacific (from Submarine)
- US director Debra Granik's Stray Dog, her first film, which portrays Ron 'Stray Dog' Hall, a biker, Vietnam veteran and lover of small dogs (from Still Rolling Productions)
- US director Sara Dosa’s The Last Season, about an unexpected friendship between a Cambodian refugee and a Vietnam veteran (from Signpost Pictures)
- US director Ron Howard’s Made in America, following the Budweiser Made in America music festival, organised by US hip-hop artist Jay-Z, featuring such names as Kanye West (from The Exchange)
- US directors Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi's The 50-Year Argument, a depiction of the history and influence of The New York Review of Books (from Cinephil)
- US director Mark Hartley’s Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films, about Israeli producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, “two-of-a-kind men who (for better or worse) changed film forever” (from Mongrel)
- US director Ethan Hawke’s Seymour: An Introduction, in which the four-time Oscar-nominated actor (this year for Boyhood) explores the life and lessons of US piano teacher, composer and author Seymour Bernstein (from Cinetic Media).