These will be joined by more Irish films that will be attempting to make international distribution deals, including: Jerzy Skolimowski’s thriller 11 Minutes, Brendan J. Byrne’s documentary Sheffield-bound Bobby Sands: 66 Days, Gerard Barrett’s drama Brain On Fire, David Keating’s horror Cherry Tree, Liam Gavin’s horror A Dark Song, Fiona Tan’s dystopian History’s Future, Martin Stalker’s docu-drama Hostage to the Devil, Eric Poppe’s war-time drama The King’s Choice, Nils Gaup’s Norwegian co-production The Last King, Aisling Walsh’s Canadian co-produced drama Maudie, Stephen Burke’s prison-thriller Maze, Ken Wardrop’s IFTA award-winning documentary Mom and Me, Simon Fitzmaurice’s beautiful road-trip drama My Name is Emily, Brendan Muldowney’s epic Pilgrimage, Dennis Bartok’s horror POV, Jim Sheridan’s historical drama The Secret Scripture, John Carney’s wondrous musical-drama Sing Street, Alan Gilsenan’s Canadian co-produced drama Unless, Paddy Breathnach’s breath-taking Spanish-language drama Viva,and Lorcan Finnegan’s feature debut Without Name.
“We believe that with XYZ’s pipeline of production and sales content, we will be able to expand on Abbolita’s desire to build out a 21st century distribution network across traditional and new distribution platforms,” said Abbolita founder Tim Nye.
XYZ has been involved with producing New Zealand’s Oscar foreign-language submission “The Dead Lands,” Cannes title “On the Job” from the Philippines and the actioner “Pilgrimage,” currently shooting in Ireland and Belgium starring Jon Bernthal, Richard Armitage and Tom Holland. The partnership with Abbolita moves XYZ into distribution in international territories.
“This puts us one step closer to the audience in territories where distribution patterns are changing and consumers are looking for new ways to watch movies,” said XYZ partner Nick Spicer.
Abbolita has been involved in the producing and financing of “Life After Beth,” starring Aubrey Plaza and Dane DeHaan (pictured above), and Jennifer Aniston’s “Life of Crime.” Abbolita is also a minority stake holder in Canadian distributor Search Engine Films.
XYZ is handling sales at Cannes for “Pilgrimage” and “6 Days,” a political action-thriller that starts production next month with “The Dead Lands” director Toa Fraser.