Two new European thrillers are released on VOD in the UK this week thanks to an innovative international collaboration.
Walk This Way unites nine sales agents across the continent, Avengers-style, to meet the challenges of the digital age. Established by Under the Milky Way and marketing firm The Film Agency – and supported by the European Commission through its Creative Europe programme – it will distribute more than 30 films internationally through digital platforms.
Autlook Film Sales, Films Boutique, Films Distribution, Fortissimo, Gaumont, Memento Films, Reel Suspect and The Yellow Affair are involved in the straight-to-VOD team-up, which will release the movies via two methods, according to their origin, genre, target audience and the availability of the rights. Some will be released on their own, taking advantage of their standalone commercial potential, thanks to a strong cast or budget, while others will be packaged in collections of five to 10 movies. This year’s collections include “Docs from around the world”, “Scandinavian Collection”, “Comedies à la carte” and “Unexpected love stories”.
This week, two thrillers are released in the UK under the banner “Men on the Edge”.
Paris Countdown (2013), the first French-Belgian feature film by screenwriter Edgar Marie, also has an impressive French cast, comprising Jacques Gamblin, Olivier Marchal, Laure Marsac and Reda Kateb. Nightclub owners Milan and Jonas have broken off their friendship following a deal where they had to inform on a psychopathic criminal. His return changes things: the two former friends have to get back together over the course of one night…
In Armed Hands by Pierre Jolivet (2012), the action takes place in France, in both Paris and Marseille, set against the backdrop of the struggle against arms and drugs trafficking. Actors Leïla Bekhti and Roshdy Zem and singer Marc Lavoine share the billing in this fast-paced crime story.
Armed Hands and Paris Countdown are now available on iTunes, Google, Amazon and Sony VOD platforms.
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