THE ODYSSEY CONTINUES AS IFC FILMS ACQUIRES ‘THE TRIP TO GREECE’
FILM REUNITES STEVE COOGAN AND ROB BRYDON ON THE BIG SCREEN MARKING IFC FILMS 11th COLLABORATION WITH MICHAEL WINTERBOTTOM
NEW YORK, NY (NOVEMBER 8, 2019) — The Odyssey continues as IFC Films Acquires U.S. Rights to Michael Winterbottoms’ latest film THE TRIP TO GREECE. After visiting Northern England, Italy and Spain, the fourth installment in the beloved culinary anthology takes Steve Coogan (BAFTA nominated for his portrayal of Stan Laurel in Stan & Ollie) and Rob Brydon (BAFTA nominated Actor & Comedian known for UK Productions such as Gavin & Stacey, Would I lie to you, Marion & Geoff) on a journey to Greece. The Sky original film is produced by Melissa Parmenter and Josh Hyams for Revolution Films. IFC Films plans to release the film in Summer 2020.
When Odysseus left Troy it took him ten years to get back to his home in Ithaca. Steve and Rob have only six days on their own personal odyssey in THE TRIP TO GREECE. On the way they argue about tragedy and comedy, astronomy and biology, myth, history, democracy and the meaning of life! Featuring locations such as: Temple of Apollo at Delphi, the Ancient Agora of Athens, the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, the unique island of Hydra, the Caves of Diros, Nestor’s Palace, Niokastro Fortress in Pylos, and Ancient Stagira, as well as a lot of shooting in restaurants and hotels in Athens, Hydra, Lesvos, Chalkidiki, Pelion, Kavala, and at the Peloponnese.
Arianna Bocco EVP of Acquisitions and Productions of IFC Films said, “We have travelled all over Europe with Steve, Rob, and Michael in what is the most successful and tasty independent franchise and we can’t wait to present U.S. audiences with the latest trip to Greece!”
Lisa Schwartz, Co-President of IFC Films added, “We’re so thrilled to add the fourth installment of a really successful franchise for IFC Films. It seems fitting as we enter our 20th year as a distributor to be able to join forces with such a central director in the IFC story.”
Also coming on board for Australian rights to the fourth installment is Madman Entertainment’s Paul Wiegard, who added, “THE TRIP indie franchise, is without imitation in the world of independent distribution. It has been a journey Australian & NZ audiences have booked en masse. We are super excited to be part of the next chapter of the odyssey.”
Further, Tristan Whalley of Goalpost Film said, “THE TRIP Films are a rare equation indeed, a truly unique and independent franchise that delivers on so many levels and continues to break new ground to make audiences laugh and cry around the world.”
The deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna Bocco of IFC Films with Tristan Walley of Goalpost on behalf of the filmmakers.
The pre-sales to date include the following: Madman Entertainment for Australia, Non Stop for Scandinavia, Elevation Pictures for Canada, Front Row for Middle East, Challan for South Korea, Filmtrade for Greece, and California Filmes for Latin America.
ABOUT IFC FILMS
Established in 2000 and based in New York City, IFC Films is a leading U.S. distributor of independent film. Its unique distribution model makes independent films available to a national audience by releasing them in theaters as well as on cable’s Video On Demand (VOD) platform, reaching nearly 50 million homes. Upcoming releases include Hirozaku Kore-eda’s THE TRUTH starring Julitette Binoche and Catherine Deneuve, as well as the Czech Oscar entry for 2020 THE PAINTED BIRD directed by Václav Marhoul. Some of the company’s successes over the years have included BOYHOOD, THE DEATH OF STALIN, FRANCES HA, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN, THE BABADOOK, TOUCHING THE VOID, 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS, CHE, SUMMER HOURS, ANTICHRIST, IN THE LOOP, JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK, TINY FURNITURE, and CARLOS. IFC Films has worked with established and breakout filmmakers, including Steven Soderbergh, Gus Van Sant, Spike Lee, Richard Linklater, Miranda July, Lars Von Trier, Gaspar Noé, Todd Solondz, Cristian Mungiu, Susanne Bier, Olivier Assayas, Jim McKay, Larry Fessenden, Paul Dano, Gregg Araki, Jacques Rivette, Claude Chabrol, Abdellatif Kechiche, Kore-eda Hirokazu, Abbas Kiarostami, Alfonso Cuaron, Noah Baumbach, Lena Dunham, Ethan Hawke and many more. IFC Films is a sister label to Sundance Selects and IFC Midnight, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.
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