E1 sets 'Runaways' Canada premiere

Film to bow March 19 simultaneously with U.S. release

TORONTO -- Canadian distributor E1 Entertainment is to release "The Runaways" from Bill Pohlad's production and financing company River Road Entertainment in Canada on March 19, simultaneous with the stateside release by Apparition.

E1 also acquired the Canadian rights to Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life," which stars Brad Pitt and Sean Penn and was produced by Pohlad, Sarah Green, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, and Grant Hill.

Both River Road titles will be released in the U.S. Market by Apparition, which Pohlad and distribution veteran Bob Berney launched in August ahead of the Toronto International Film Festival.

"The Runaways," written and directed by Floria Sigismondi, stars "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning in a music-fueled portrait of an all-girl rock band of the same name that came of age in the mid-to-late 1970s.

"The Runaways" will bow on Jan. 24 at Sundance ahead of the spring release.

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