Jake Gyllenhaal's 'Nightcrawler,' 'The Imitation Game' to Get Quebec Releases

"The Imitation Game"

Indie distributor Elevation Pictures is pacting with Remstar Films to penetrate Canada's exclusive French-speaking market

TORONTO — Dan Gilroy's Nightcrawler and The Imitation Game with Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley will get theatrical releases in Quebec, following Elevation Pictures' pact with Remstar Films to get its indie titles into Canada's exclusive French-speaking market.

The deal will see Montreal-based Remstar also release A Most Violent Year, directed by J.C. Chandor and starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, along with Pierre Morel's The Gunman, starring Sean Penn and Javier Bardem.

The tie-up follows Remstar cashing in on the Canadian release of The Dallas Buyers Club, and Elevation, an indie with financial backing from Teddy Schwarzman's Black Bear Pictures, expanding beyond English-speaking Canada.

Remstar and Elevation earlier partnered at Cannes to grab the Canadian rights to Michel Hazanavicius' The Search, set for a North American bow at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The Quebec distribution agreement covers theatrical rights, VOD and French-language TV rights.

Both Remstar and Elevation have bumped up their indie film acquisitions to fill a Canadian market void after Entertainment One last year acquired Alliance Films.

Their deal was unveiled by Maxime Remillard, president of Remstar Films, and Laurie May and Noah Segal, co-presidents of Elevation Pictures.