Europe's Finest, Celluloid Dreams ink deal

Multi-territory deal for digital film rights for seven films

BERLIN -- Europe's Finest, a Cologne-based distributor of digital film rights, has signed a multi-territory deal with Celluloid Dreams for a package of seven European features.

The agreement includes "Better Things," the debut of Brit director Duane Hopkins; the Austrian titles "Kill Daddy Goodnight," from Michael Glawogger, Andreas Prochaska's Alpine psychothriller "Dead in 3 Days 2" and Erwin Wagenhofer's award-winning documentary "Let's Make Money"; Italian feature "The Wedding Director" from Marco Bellocchio; "White Night Wedding" from Icelandic veteran Baltasar Kormakur and "When A Man Comes Home," an offbeat comedy from Danish director Thomas Vinterberg.

The rights Europe's Finest has varies from film to film, depending on availability. For the U.K., for example, the company acquired digital theatrical rights for all the Celluloid Dreams' titles except for "Better Things." For Germany, the company has rights for just three films: "The Wedding Director," "When A Man Comes Home" and "White Night Wedding." The company has right for a majority of smaller European territories, including all of Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.

Europe's Finest operates as a "cinema on demand" service for European cinemas, which can order digital copies of films for theatrical screenings. Backed by subsidies from Europe's Media program, Europe's Finest focuses on European arthouse titles, both new releases and classics. Library titles include Roman Polanski's feature debut "Knife in the Water" (1962), the Alfred Hitchcock classics "The Lady Vanishes" (1938) and "The 39 Steps" (1935) and Ken Russell's rock opera "Tommy." (1975).
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