From CANNES: Nicolas Cage Supernatural Thriller “Between Worlds” Lands At Saban Films For U.S. Distribution

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Saban Films, one of the most active U.S. distributors on the Croisette this week, has acquired U.S. distribution rights to writer/director Maria Pulera's supernatural thriller Between Worlds which stars Nicolas Cage, Penelope Mitchell, Franka Potente, and Hopper Penn.

Eric Banoun and David Hillary produced alongside Pulera via their company Rise Up, LLC. Saban Films is planning a day-and-date theatrical/VOD release.


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Between Worlds follows Joe (Cage), a down-on-his-luck truck driver haunted by the memory of his deceased wife and child.  He meets Julie (Potente) a spiritually gifted woman who enlists Joe in a desperate effort to find the lost soul of her comatose daughter, Billie (Mitchell). But the spirit of Joe's dead wife Mary proves stronger, possessing the young woman's body and determined to settle her unfinished business with the living.

Saban Films' Bill Bromiley said, "Nic's talent and star-power is unparalleled. Having worked with him on a number of films such as The Trust and USS: Indianapolis: Men of Courage, we're thrilled to be re-teaming with him and bring this to our audiences."

"Between Worlds has been a true passion project for me and I am thrilled to partner with Saban for the theatrical release of my film in the US market," commented Pulera, the film's writer, director, and producer. "The story is an unusual approach to the traditional thriller but appeals to the wider audience and dives deep into the themes of family, love, and betrayal. Nicolas Cage, Franka Potente, and Penelope Mitchell give their all in a magnificent performance. I couldn't be happier with the end result. I can't wait to share this film with audiences around the world."

Bill Bromiley and Jonathan Saba negotiated the deal for Saban Films, and Jonathan Deckter negotiated on behalf of Voltage Pictures, who is also handling international sales.


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Between Worlds marks Saban's fifth acquisition out of the Cannes Film Festival also adding: the anthology Berlin, I Love You with Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley and Jim Sturgess; Matthew Ross' Siberia starring Keanu Reeves: the Gerard Butler starrer Keepers: and David L.G. Hughes' Viking Destiny to their slate. Earlier this year, Saban Films bought Craig William Macneill's racy drama Lizzie, starring Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart out of the Sundance Film Festival where it premiered in-competition. 

Saban Films' slate includes: Brad Silberling's war thriller An Ordinary Man starring Academy Award® Winner Ben Kingsley; Ivan Kavanagh's Never Grow Oldstarring John Cusack and Emile Hirsch; Alexandre Moors' The Yellow Birds starring Tye Sheridan, Alden Ehrenreich, Toni Collette, and Jason Patric, Jack Huston and Jennifer Aniston; and Alexandros Avranas' Dark Crimes starring Jim Carrey and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Since the company's launch in 2014, Saban Films has released over 40 films and continues to be active in the acquisition and distribution space, with successes that have run the gamut from critically acclaimed theatrical films such as The Homesman, to one of the biggest Fathom events in 2016 with Rob Zombie's horror thriller 31

Recent titles include: Roland Joffe's The Forgiven starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana; Taran Killam's Killing Gunther starring Arnold Schwarzenegger; Ric Roman Waugh's Shot Caller starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Lake Bell; War on Everyone starring Alexander Skarsgård, Michael Peña, and Theo James; The Girl with All the Gifts starring Gemma Arterton and Glenn Close; and Ethan Hawke action thriller 24 Hours to Live


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About Saban Films

Saban Films, an affiliate of Saban Capital Group ("SCG"), is a film acquisition and distribution company which acquires high-quality, feature films to distribute in North America.  Focusing on commercial, talent driven films, the company looks at projects in all stages of production for release across multiple platforms, including a day and date theatrical/VOD release strategy. Based in Los Angeles, Saban Films was established by Haim Saban, SCG Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and is led by Bill Bromiley who serves as president, Shanan Becker, Chief Financial Officer and Ness Saban, Director of Business Development.

About Rise Up, LLC

Rise Up, LLC is the production and distribution company from writer, director, and producer Maria Pulera and her producing partners Eric Banoun, and David Hillary (Dog Eat Dog, London Fields). Backed by a Spanish-Israeli finance fund, Rise Up is in development on their next five films that it will finance and produce in the coming year.

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