SUNDANCE CHANNEL AND IFC FILMS TO PRESENT CARLOS, OLIVIER ASSAYAS’ EPIC PROJECT ABOUT TERRORIST CARLOS THE JACKAL
THREE-PART MINI-SERIES TO DEBUT IN U.S. ON SUNDANCE CHANNEL IN SPRING 2010
THEATRICAL FILM VERSION FOLLOWS IN FALL 2010 WITH SIMULTANEOUS NATIONWIDE ON-DEMAND FILM OFFERING
New York, NY – November 7, 2009 IFC Films, one of the leading American distributors of independent and foreign films, announced today that the company has acquired all U.S. rights to the theatrical version of CARLOS, directed by Olivier Assayas (SUMMER HOURS). The film is a shortened version of the three-part mini-series of the same name that will premiere on Sundance Channel in Spring 2010. The mini-series and film are about the man known as Carlos the Jackal who single handedly invented the word “terrorism” while masterminding a wave of terror attacks in Europe and the Middle East in the 70s and 80s. CARLOS stars Edgar Ramirez (CHE, DOMINO) in the lead role with a sweeping cast of international talent from France, Germany, Japan and the Middle East. Scheduled to air on Canal Plus in early 2010, the three-part series was shot in various countries including Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Lebanon and Morocco. It is produced by Studio Canal and Film En Stock’s prize winning journalist Daniel Leconte and Jens Meuer (RUSSIAN ARK) in association with Sundance Channel.
Harold Vanlier and Anna Marsh of Studio Canal negotiated the deal at the American Film Market.
His name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, but everybody calls him Carlos. For two decades, he was the most wanted terrorist on earth. Manipulated by Arab secret services, protected by the Eastern bloc, in various disguises and under many pseudonyms, he headed a worldwide organization responsible for spectacular killings, hijackings and bombings. This is the story of a man snatched from ignominious exile in Sudan to answer for his crimes in France. It is the story of Carlos the Jackal.
Studio Canal’s Harold Vanlier stated ” I simply love working with IFC Films. They are passionate, really smart and the distribution model they bring to such a unique project is very attractive. To have the Sundance Channel sharing our enthusiasm from the very start was one thing but to now have their sister company IFC Films committing to a big theatrical release is really a tribute to Olivier Assayas as a filmmaker. We strongly believe CARLOS is one of the many projects that will help us turn the Canal Plus Group into the main European supplier of commercial films and high quality programming. ”
On behalf of IFC Films Jonathan Sehring said, “CARLOS is going to be one of the major events of 2010, and we could not be happier to be back in business with Olivier Assayas after SUMMER HOURS, our friends at Studio Canal and to work with our sister company Sundance Channel to bring this incredible vision about one of the most famous figures in recent history to American audiences.”
About Olivier Assayas
A rare French filmmaker with his finger on the pulse of the modern world, Olivier Assayas is the filmmaker of such films as SUMMER HOURS, BOARDING GATE, CLEAN, DEMONLOVER, LATE AUGUST, EARLY SEPTEMBER, LES DESTINEES, IRMA VEP and COLD WATER.