Film Movement picks up 'End of the World'


NEW YORK -- The award-winning Romanian drama "The Way I Spent The End of the World" from exec producers Martin Scorsese and Wim Wenders has been acquired for North American distribution by Film Movement.

Director Catalin Mitulescu's film won the 2005 Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award and Un Certain Regard best actress award for star Doroteea Petre at the 2006 Festival de Cannes.

Petre plays Eva, a teenager who accidentally breaks a statue of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu with her 7-year-old brother during the last year of the leader's rule. After being prosecuted for the incident, she escapes the country, and her brother hatches a plan to assassinate the leader with his school friends.

Film Movement will distribute "World" exclusively to its DVD club members in July, followed by a first-quarter 2008 limited theatrical platform release and a home video release to retail and online outlets several months later.

The deal was negotiated by Film Movement president Adley Gartenstein with Valentina Merli from Pyramide International.