New Wave scoops up trio


LONDON -- Startup indie distribution company New Wave Films, established by former Artificial Eye chiefs Robert Beeson and Pam Engel, has secured U.K. rights to a trio of movies.

New Wave snapped up Joanna Hogg's "Unrelated," Andrzej Jakimowski's Venice prizewinner "Tricks" (Sztuczki) and the Italian boxoffice hit "Quiet Chaos" (Caos Calmo) starring Nanni Moretti and directed by Antonello Grimaldi.

The company's first two acquisitions since launch, the Dardenne brothers' "The Silence of Lorna" and Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Three Monkeys," have slots In Competition at this year's Festival de Cannes.

Pam Engel said that she and Robert established New Wave Films to feed an audience that wants "to see the best of world cinema."

"Our philosophy remains the same as when Andi Engel and I established Artificial Eye over 30 years ago, with Robert joining us soon after: to acquire quality art house films from around the world and present them to the audience that we know extremely well, plus attracting the next generation of cinema-goers to these movies," she said.