Pathe launches Paul Schrader’s The Walker
by Annika Pham
Following in the footsteps of Richard Gere in American Gigolo, Woody Harrelson is going to play an escort for rich society ladies in Paul Schrader’s new film, The Walker, the main new title to be offered to international buyers by the Pathe Pictures International (PPI) London office at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival (May 17-28).
In this drama, set in the opulent world of Washington’s political upper crust, Harrelson’s passion for the good things in life will entrench him in a world of betrayal and murder. The cast also include Kristin Scott Thomas, Lauren Bacall and Willem Dafoe. Currently filming in the UK, the UK/US co-production is being produced by Deepak Nayar (Bend it Like Beckham [+see also:
Headed by Mike Runagall, PPI will have an exciting Cannes with a total of eight titles on their slate, including two films screening for the first time: the hotly tipped competition entry The Wind That Shakes the Barley [+see also:
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Loach’s new drama is set against Ireland’s battle for independence in 1920 and stars Cillian Murphy and Padraic Delaney. The UK/Irish/German/Spanish/Italian co-production will be released by BIM in Italy, Diaphana in France, Prooptiki in Greece and the former Yugoslavia and Pathe will launch it in the UK and Ireland on June 23.
Penny Woolcock (The Principles of Lust) has written a new comedy drama about two families – one white, one Asian –who come together unexpectedly on a local night of carnival trickery and festivity. White Mischief, produced by Company Pictures in association with Film Four, has been sold to Prooptiki for Greece and the former Yugoslavia and will be released in the UK by Pathe.
International buyers will also be able to see promo reels of two films currently in post-production: Jim Hickey’s Dirty Sanchez: The Movie, based on the highly successful and controversial MTV series, and Jerry Rothwell and Louise Osmond’s feature documentary Deep Water, produced by John Smithson (Touching the Void [+see also:
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