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Sadler’s Wells and AX1 put dance on the screen

London’s leading dance house, Sadler’s Wells and film producer / distributor, AX1 Films have teamed up to make filmed versions of the theatre’s most acclaimed dance performances widely available. The exclusive output deal incorporates all worldwide platforms, including television, DVD and possible theatrical exposure. Sadler’s Wells on Screen marks a new development for the theatre which, in partnership with AX1 Films, will release on DVD the first film in the series, the acclaimed co-production "Zero Degrees" in October 2008.

ZERO DEGREES is directed by Deborah May whose work across music, dance and film has included two films for Leaving Home, Sir Simon Rattle’s series on 20thC music, which won a BAFTA in 1997, directing the performance sequences for Deborah Bull’s The Dancer’s Body, and documentary portraits of Wayne McGregor, Sir Anthony Dowell and Shobana Jeyasingh for the BBC.

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IN THE CITY OF SYLVIA to premiere in Edinburgh

José Luis Guerín's IN THE CITY OF SYLVIA (En La Ciudad de Sylvia), made in the French language, has been acquired by UK producer / distributor, AX1 Films.

Featuring standout performances by Pilar López de Ayala and Xavier Lafitte, the film is rapidly developing something of a cult status on the festival circuit, and will make its UK premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June following its international premiere in Competition at the Venice Film Festival.

The film is a Spain / France co-production of an Eddie Saeta (Spain)/Chateau Rouge (France) production, and rights were acquired from DEAPlaneta.

AX1 takes TRIP TO ASIA

Berlin-based sales and production company Boomtown Media International closed a distribution deal with UK producer / distributor AX1 Films at last week's Cannes market for Thomas Grube's new theatrical documentary TRIP TO ASIA / THE QUEST FOR HARMONY.

The film was produced by Boomtown in co-production with broadcasters BBC and ZDF, and received its premiere in February at the Berlin Film Festival. It has since clocked up over 110,000 admissions on its German theatrical release so far and will be released by AX1 in October 2008.

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HanWay's PALERMO SHOOTING bought by AX1

AX1 Films has bought all UK rights to Wim Wenders's Cannes Competition entry PALERMO SHOOTING from HanWay Films. The film has also been pre-sold in France, Germany and Italy.

AX1 already owns a significant proportion of the director's previous work, including all his early films, and AX1's Director of Acquisitions, Rocio Freire-Bernat, commented:

We are delighted with this acquisition, which represents a logical extension of our long term objective of developing a library of high quality films from both emerging and established filmmakers, and especially pleased to be continuing our association with Wim Wenders, a filmmaker we admire greatly.
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AX1 Acquires WIM WENDERS Library

AX1 Films is delighted to announce the acquisition of UK and Irish rights in all media to the majority of influential German filmmaker Wim Wenders's back catalogue.

This coincides with the release by AX1 on 4th January of one of Wenders' most poignant films - and winner of the German Critics' Prize in 1974 - the seminal, ALICE IN THE CITIES - the first of his films to be shot (in part) in the United States. ALICE IN THE CITIES is also the first in his famous "road" trilogy, and is followed by WRONG MOVE (1975)and KINGS OF THE ROAD (1976), both also starring Rudiger Vogler.

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