Alliance Films Acquires Dustin Hoffman's 'Quartet' and Nick Murphy's 'Blood'

10:36 AM PST 02/21/2012 by Etan Vlessing
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The Canadian distributor's Berlin shopping basket includes a slew of deals for the UK and Ireland, including Jake Schreier's "Robot & Frank" and Catherine Hardwicke's "Plush."

TORONTO – Alliance Films on Tuesday unveiled a slew of movie pick-ups in Berlin, including Nick Murphy’s Blood, a thriller starring Paul Bettany, Brian Cox and Stephen Graham, and The Players, a series of French short films about infidelity.

The Canadian indie distributor pre-bought Murphy’s adaptation of the Bill Gallagher’s TV series Conviction for the UK and Ireland markets.

Alliance Flms also picked up for the UK and Ireland markets The Players, a series of vignettes that landed The Artist actor Jean Dujardin in hot water for a racy poster used to promote the upcoming French theatrical release.

Besides its Canadian operation, Montreal-based Alliance runs Aurum Producciones in Spain and Momentum Pictures in the UK and Ireland.

Alliance also bagged for the UK and Ireland Roar Uthaug’s Escape, which stars Ingrid Bolso Berda and Hallvard Holmen; Francois Ozon’s In The House, which stars Kristin Scott Thomas; Forbidden Ground, by directors Johan Earl and Adrian Powers; the Evan Rachel Wood-starrer Plush, by director Catherine Hardwicke; and Regis Roinsard’s Populaire.

Also picked up for UK and Ireland are Jake Schreier’s Robot & Frank, starring Frank Langella and Susan Sarandon, and V/H/S, a series of horror shorts by six directors that bowed at Sundance.

Alliance acquired for Canada Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut, Quartet, to star Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, Michael Gambon and Pauline Collins.

BBC Films, DCM Productions and Decca are backing Quartet, an adaptation of a stage play by Ronald Harwood.

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