Carnaby launches slate of star-studded projects at Cannes

Carnaby International Sales & Distribution PLC are delighted to announce their next project – with Hungarian-American Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond – who is to be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement award on Friday 23rd May. This will be the highly anticipated ATATURK, which Carnaby is introducing to buyers at The Cannes International Film Festival 2014.  The $8.8m movie is a story of love, betrayal and revenge set against the turbulent backdrop of the Turkish war of independence.  Written and directed by Fuad Kavur, the Executive Producer is Anthony Waye, who has worked on no fewer than eight BOND movies.  In an extraordinary career spanning some six decades, Zsigmond’s outstanding credits include THE DEER HUNTER, HEAVEN’S GATE, CLOSE ENCOUNTER OF THE THIRD KIND, THE LONG GOODBYE, BLOW OUT, DELIVERANCE, TALL DARK STRANGER and MELINDA & MELINDA.  ATATURK stars the young English Actor Jack Fox (THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GREY, FRESH MEAT), Edmund Kingsley (HUGO, BEAST, ALLIES), Terence Stamp (SUPERMAN II, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, VALKYRIE, THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU), Sarah Gadon (A DANGEROUS METHOD, COSMOPOLIS), Daisy Bevan (TWO FACES OF JANUARY, THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY, THE AFFAIR OF THE NECKLACE), Miles Richardson (FLUSHED AWAY, THE BEST OFFER) and Julian Rhind Tutt (RUSH, THE HOUR, GREEN WING).

This live action family adventure, due to go into production in September, stars Anna Friel (PUSHING DAISIES, LIMITLESS, LAND OF THE LOST), Bill Nighy (LOVE ACTUALLY, HARRY POTTER & THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN) and Greg Wise (CRANFORD, JOHNNY ENGLISH, SENSE AND SENSIBILITY) in a modern reworking of the international classic.  Heidi is a free-spirited and rather curious twelve-year-old girl who lives an idyllic life with her Grandpa in his remote mountain cabin.  When the townsmen declare him an unsuitable guardian, Heidi is sent to the city to live as a companion to Clara, the daughter of a wealthy professor.  They become instant friends, but their fun is spoiled by a cruel governess who is hatching an evil plot… HEIDI is directed by John Henderson (BENIDORM, THE BORROWERS, SPY).

A family comedy with a very high profile cast to be announced soon.  Set in a time before legend… a time of war and magic, of princes, of warriors, of sorcerers and the battle between good and evil for supremacy of the world.  With his kingdom of Camelot now finally at peace, King Arthur can look forward to his much anticipated wedding.  But the sorceress Morgana has her own wicked plans.  The only hope for Camelot rests with Tom Thumb, one of the kingdom’s tiniest, but most resourceful, athletic, brave and clever citizens.  The director is Julian Kemp and the film is due to go into production in September 2014.

Action crime drama to star Alan Cumming, Luke Treadaway, Naya Rivera and Josh Charles with other names to be announced.  A crooked investment manager has been running a successful, rather lucrative scam for years, but when her luck runs out she plots an escape with $25m in stolen cash.  With Mafia money in the mix, she catches the attention of two organised crime detectives who need her to bring down major crime syndicates.  Unbeknownst to her, her informant wants a piece of the pie too and a series of hit men are on the money trail, each willing to risk all for A LOVE OF MONEY.  The film will be directed by Elliot Davis and is due to go into production in July 2014.

Carnaby International is also delighted to present this epic period gangster film at the Cannes International Film Festival 2014 for worldwide sales.  Based on the true story of London’s most feared and respected villains, twin brothers ‘Ronnie’ and ‘Reggie’ Kray, and with principal photography due to start in the UK in June, Carnaby has already kicked off pre-sales with Australia’s Jigsaw bagging the first distribution deal.

Major biographical crime drama based on the true story of Manuel Salazar who was wrongly convicted of the killing of a Chicago Police Officer and sentenced death.  It’s 1995 and   Salazar has spent 12 years on Illinois’ Death Row for a crime he did not commit.  After receiving inspirational messages from the anonymous Englishman Esterhazy, his talent for painting is magically ignited.  His paintings go on to inspire an international campaign for his release… The cast includes Edward James Olmos (TWO GUNS, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, MIAMI VICE), Jimmy Smits (STAR WARS, WEST WING), Anamaria Marinca (4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS, EUROPA REPORT) and Efren Ramirez (CRANK, NAPOLEON DYNAMITE).  Director by Carlo Carlei (FLIGHT OF THE INNOCENT, FLUKE) and cinematographer David Tattersall (THE GREEN MILE, STAR WARS) are in talks to respectively helm and lens the film.  The Executive Producers are Ed Elbert, Edward James Olmos and Harvey Cooper.


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