Belgium's uMedia Inks Deal With Holland's A-Film
LONDON –Belgium production, financing and distribution group uMedia is going Dutch on its distribution plans by partnering with A-Film to distribute titles across the Netherlands.
uMedia, a co-producer of Oscar winner The Artist, will partner with A-Film on theatrical and home entertainment releases from its distribution company uDream's slate of releases in Holland.
The pact was announced byuMedia co-founder and CEO Adrian Politowski.
The first theatrical release under the partnership will be Bibo Bergeron’s animated feature A Monster in Paris, starring the voices of Vanessa Paradis and Mathieu Chédid.
The movie has already grossed more than $20 million at the international box office and has seen more than 1.6 million admissions at the French box office.
The film is set for a June release across the Netherlands via the pact.
It will be followed in July by the rollout of Florent Emilio Siri's My Way (Cloclo), a biopic starring Belgian actor Jérémie Renier in the role of popular French crooner Claude Francois.
Future theatrical releases will include action thriller The Expatriate, starring Aaron Eckhart and Olga Kurylenko, which was shot in Belgium and co-produced by uMedia.
"Our collaboration with A-Film offers us the best possible partner to release our titles in the Netherlands," Politowski said. "Their proven track record across all genres - both commercial and specialised - is due to their versatility that fits perfectly with our strategy and our catalogue."
A-Film director of acquisitions Erik Engelen said the partnership between A-Film and uDream "creates great new opportunities for us both in Belgium and the Netherlands and will reach an even broader audience."