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Dimension Picks Up ‘The Black Marks,’ Starring Kurt Russell, Jay Baruchel, and Matt Dillon; Strand Acquires ‘North Sea Texas’

Written by on January 4, 2012 

Acquisitions: a fitting business for the new year. One of 2012’s first concerns The Black Marks, a heist comedy from Canadian helmer Jonathan Sobol that stars Kurt Russell, Jay Baruchel, and Matt Dillon. A press release (via Deadline) informs us that Dimension will distribute the film, which you can read a plot synopsis of below:

“Crunch Calhoun (Russell), a third rate motorcycle daredevil and semi-reformed art thief, agrees to get back into the con game and pull off just one more lucrative art theft with his untrustworthy brother Nicky (Dillon). Crunch reassembles the old team and comes up with a plan to steal a priceless historical book, but the successful heist leads to another, far riskier, plan devised by Nicky. What the brothers don’t realize is they each have their own agenda and their plan goes awry in this con movie about brotherhood, honor and revenge.”

Jay Baruchel figures into that somehow; a member of the team, I would guess. Although he seems like kind of a sore thumb among that group — not that I don’t like the fellow plenty — a heist film that features Kurt Russell on a motorcycle, disregarding any ultimate quality, pertains to my interests in some capacity. So, Dimension: put this into wide release and I’ll be ready to check it out. Production will kick off later this month, making a release at the end of the year wholly possible.

Variety has even more distribution news, for those who are interested — they report that Strand Releasing will, for lack of a better term, release North Sea Texas at the end of this summer. They’ve picked up the film, written and directed by Bavo Defurne, from Wavelength Pictures a little over a week before it premieres at this year’s Palm Springs Film Festival, and a few months after it won a youth prize at the Rome Cinema Festival.

Plot-wise, the title might mislead some — it did me — into thinking the events take place in America’s biggest state; it’s actually a Belgian film, based on Andre Sollie‘s novel This is Everlasting, and can be read about below (via IndieWIRE):

“Pim lives with his ex-beauty queen, single mother in a small town on the Belgian coast.  An introverted boy, Pim brightens up his days with drawing and dreaming up fantasy lives .  He expresses his emerging desires through a secret collection of “borrowed” objects that he keeps in a shoebox.  With teenage years comes sexual awareness and he now draws and dreams of Gino, the older boy next door, his motorcycling hero. But this first love seems likely to end in disappointment.  Pim’s mother, Yvette, has dreams of her own.  Tired of unwanted suitors and bored with small town life, she longs to leave everything behind and to see the world.  Pim and Yvette’s dreams collide when handsome Zoltan arrives in town with the fun-fair and becomes their new lodger.”

A sexual awakening that comes from the motorcycler next door? This one’s going to hit close to home.

What do you think of either project? Do they sound like smart acquisitions?


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