Cannes: Fortissimo Takes Sales Rights to Hal Hartley’s 'Ned Rifle'

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The final installment in the indie director's tragicomic trilogy will star Gemma Arterton, Parker Posey, Thomas Jay Ryan and Liam Aiken.

Rounding out its distribution slate at the Marche du Film, Fortissimo Films has taken on global sales rights for indie-director Hal Hartley’s upcoming project, Ned Rifle.

The third and final chapter of Hartley's long-running tragicomic trilogy (begun with Henry Fool in 1998), Ned Rifle will star Gemma Arterton (Clash of the Titans, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters), Parker Posey, Thomas Jay Ryan and Liam Aiken. Shooting is expected to begin in the fall, with a wrap date in early 2014.

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The deal was handled by Fortissimo’s managing director, Nelleke Driessen, and Bruce Weiss, who produced Hartley’s early picture, Trust, and who will co-produce Ned Rifle along with Hartley and Matthew Myers.

Fortissimo’s busy Cannes slate also includes competition title Borgman, from Dutch director Alex van Warmerdam; Indian director Amit Kumar’s Monsoon Shootout, which is getting a special midnight screening; and Driving Back From Dubbo, from Australian director Sue Brooks, whose Japanese Story was an official selection at Cannes in 2003.

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Driving Back From Dubbo is being produced by Lizzette Atkins (Unicorn Films) and Alison Tilson (Gecko Films). Touted as a “wry drama about lies, secrets, grief and love,” the film tells the story of Cassie, a free spirited 15-year-old who runs away with her best friend, taking the contents of her dad’s safe, in order to see her favorite band. Upon discovering what their daughter has done, her parents -- played by Miranda Otto and Richard Roxburgh -- enlist the help of an aging private detective to find her.

Shooting is set to commence in 2014.