Video Services Corp (VSC) has inked a two-year multi-platform Canadian distribution deal with Magnolia Pictures to release up to 30 films a year exclusively for the Canadian market. In the past year VSC has enjoyed handling a successful string of theatrical releases of Magnolia films, including A HIJACKING, BAD MILO!, PRINCE AVALANCHE and TOUCHY FEELY. The deal starts off with the release of the award-winning Israeli film BIG BAD WOLVES in January 2014, followed in March by ALAN PARTRIDGE, already a hit in the UK, starring Steve Coogan. Other projected 2014 releases include the horror anthology THE ABCS OF DEATH 2 and Toronto International Film Festival selections LIFE’S A BREEZE and THE SACRAMENT.
“This is a watershed moment in the 20-year history of VSC,” says President Jonathan Gross. “We look forward to the rewards of bringing Magnolia’s uniquely creative and compelling 2014 slate to Canadian cinephiles. The films coming from Magnolia and Magnet have an adventurous quality that is a perfect fit with VSC’s catalogue and philosophy.”
“We at Magnolia have been fans of Jonathan and VSC’s efficient, nuanced distribution strategies,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “Together we hope to significantly grow our Canadian business.”
Magnolia Pictures and its genre arm Magnet Releasing are the international distributors of acclaimed documentaries, narrative features and genre films, including BLACKFISH, JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI, Lars Von Trier’sMELANCHOLIA and the upcoming NYMPHOMANIAC, the ONG BAK trilogy and many, many more.