Remstar, D Films add U.S. dramas to distribution slates


Canadian distributors Remstar Films and D Films have both picked up the Canadian rights to U.S. films.

Montreal’s Remstar Films picked up the Canadian rights for two U.S. thrillers, Parkland, produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, and Dark Places, produced by and starring Charlize Theron.

Remstar is planning a nationwide theatrical release for Parkland this fall. The film, which chronicles the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, stars Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti, Jacki Weaver and Billy Bob Thornton.

Theron begins shooting Dark Places, based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Gillian Flynn, in Louisiana in August. Nicholas Hoult and Chlöe Grace Moretz star alongside Theron. Remstar plans to distribute Dark Places nationwide in 2014.

Both of Remstar’s acquisitions were handled with Exclusive Media.

Remstar is also releasing Devil’s Knot, directed by Atom Egoyan and starring Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth, and Dallas Buyers Club, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and starring Matthew McConaughey.

Another Canadian distributor, D Films, has acquired the Canadian distribution rights to The Attack (pictured) from U.S.-based Cohen Media Group.

The film, based on the international bestseller by Yasmina Khadra and directed by Ziad Doueiri, will open theatrically in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal on August 2with further expansion nationwide in the following weeks. The Attack is the first release between D Films and Cohen Media Group. It recently opened in the U.S. and screened at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.

Most recently, D Films distributed Canadian film Revolution, directed by Rob Stewart.