Cannes: SquareOne Takes 'Life,' 'Spooks' and 'Knock-Knock” for German-speaking Europe

Caitlin Cronenberg

The Munich-based distributor also nabs rights to “Boychoir,” featuring Dustin Hoffman and Kathy Bates.

Munich-based distributor SquareOne has closed on a series of prebuys, picking up four titles first pitched at this year's Cannes market.

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SquareOne nabbed all rights in German-speaking Europe to Eli Roth's horror thriller Knock-Knock from Voltage Pictures; Anton Corbijn's James Dean period drama Life from FilmNation Entertainment; Embankment Films' Boychoir from director Francois Girard; and TV adaptation Spooks: The Greater Good from Altitude Film Sales.

Knock-Knock, currently filming in Chile, tells the story of two beautiful girls (Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas) who show up unexpectedly at the home of a married man (played by Keanu Reeves) and proceed to tear apart his perfect life.

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Life stars Robert Pattinson as Dennis Stock, the straitlaced photographer assigned by Life magazine to go on a road trip to photograph James Dean (Dane DeHaan).

Dustin Hoffman stars in Boychoir as the choir master in a Princeton boys school who discovers hidden talent in a troubled young student. Kathy Bates, Josh Lucas and Debra Winger also star.

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Spooks is the feature film version of the hit BBC spy series, which features Game of Thrones star Kit Harington alongside Peter Firth and Jenifer Ehle and is directed by Bharat Nalluri, a frequent helmer on the TV series.

SquareOne plans to release all four titles theatrically in the German-speaking market.