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UNDERTOW at Edinburgh International Film Festival

AX1 Films is delighted to announce that Javier Fuentes Leon's debut feature, UNDERTOW ('Contracorriente'), has been selected to screen in 'Official Selection' at the 2010 Edinburgh Film Festival.

This will represent the film's UK premiere, before its theatrical release on 6th August.

AX1 takes LEAP YEAR

UK producer / distributor AX1 Films has acquired all UK and Ireland rights to LEAP YEAR (ANO BISIESTO), winner of the prestigious Camera D’Or prize for best first feature at the 2010 Cannes International Film Festival.

LEAP YEAR from Mexico is the powerful debut feature film of Michael Rowe, an Australian playwright, poet and screenwriter who has been living in Mexico for 16 years, and features an extraordinary leading performance by Monica Del Carmen supported by Gustavo Sanchez Parra.

The film was acquired from Paris based sales agent Pyramide International, with a deal concluded during the festival.

AX1 Adds Sundance winners

UK producer / distributor AX1 Films has acquired two new award winning films following the Sundance Film Festival in Park City.

CONTRACORRIENTE (Undertow) from Peru is the impressive debut film of Javier Fuentes-Leon and won the 2010 Sundance World Cinema Audience Award.

ZONA SUR (Southern District) by Juan Carlos Valdivia was Bolivia’s entry for this year’s foreign language Oscar and won the Best Director and Best Screenplay awards in the World Cinema section at Sundance 2010.

Both titles were acquired from Los Angeles-based Shoreline Entertainment with deals concluded at the recent Berlin Film Festival.

Frozen River

Grand Jury Prize winner at the Sundance Film Festival, FROZEN RIVER was today nominated for two awards at the 81st Academy Awards.

Melissa Leo received a nomination in the Best Actress in a Leading Role category, and writer / director Courtney Hunt received a nomination for Best Original Screenplay. The Academy Awards are held on 23rd February in Los Angeles and AX1 will release the film in cinemas in May.

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AX1 Partners on EMILY BLUNT PROJECT

London based producer / distributor AX1 Films today announces that it is to partner with Paul Mezey’s New York based Journeyman Pictures to produce THE GIRL, starring Emily Blunt, which is written and will be directed by David Riker. It will be produced by Paul Mezey for Journeyman and by Douglas Cummins for AX1, with Carlo Dusi co-producing.

Riker is a New York-based filmmaker currently living in Mexico. His debut feature, THE CITY (LA CIUDAD), filmed in New York’s Latin American immigrant community, was inspired by the promise of a neo-realist cinema in America. The film won awards at Havana, San Sebastian, and Human Rights Watch International Film Festivals to name a few. Most recently, Riker won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance 2008 for SLEEP DEALER.

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