The Film Arcade and Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) are proud to announce the acquisition of Afternoon Delight, a provocative comedy about sex, marriage and finding yourself again. The film, which won the Directing Award in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at Sundance, marks the feature directorial debut of Jill Soloway (Six Feet Under, How to Make It In America, United States of Tara). The all-star cast includes Juno Temple, Josh Radnor, Jane Lynch and Kathryn Hahn. Jen Chaiken (Inequality for All) and Sebastian Dungan (Transamerica) produced the film through their company, 72 Productions. The Film Arcade will release the film theatrically with Cinedigm handling all ancillary distribution.
Afternoon Delight follows Rachel (Kathryn Hahn, Step Brothers, We're the Millers), a quick-witted, yet tightly-coiled, thirty-something bored with her daily routine of preschool auctions, a lackluster sex life and career that has gone kaput. Looking to spice-up her marriage, Rachel takes her husband Jeff (Josh Radnor, How I Met Your Mother, Liberal Arts) to a strip club and meets McKenna (Juno Temple, Killer Joe, The Dark Knight Rises), a stripper she becomes obsessed with saving. Rachel adopts McKenna as her live-in nanny, wreaking havoc on her friends, family and herself.
"We've been fans of Jill Soloway for many years and she is an exciting new female voice in independent film," said The Film Arcade's Miranda Bailey. "We fell in love with Afternoon Delight at Sundance and look forward to working with Jill, Jen and Sebastian to bring their film to audiences throughout the country."
"Afternoon Delight is a special film sure to leave audiences satisfied," said Cinedigm's Vincent Scordino. "We were blown away by Kathryn Hahn's frighteningly honest and wickedly funny performance, and we are very happy to be working with Jill, 72 Productions and The Film Arcade on this release."
"I'm thrilled that The Film Arcade and Cinedigm are releasing Afternoon Delight and am inspired by how passionate they are about the film and their forward-thinking vision for its distribution," said Jill Soloway. "I'm so excited to begin our collaboration and can't wait for the release."
"We are incredibly excited to be working with The Film Arcade and Cinedigm on Afternoon Delight, which is a true tour de force from Jill Soloway that takes you on a great emotional ride," said 72's Jen Chaiken. "The Film Arcade is equally bold in their strategy and belief in the potential of the film. We've found a great home with them."
UTA's Rena Ronson and Hailey Wierengo of the UTA Independent Film Group and Linda Lichter and Jamie Feldman of Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman represented on behalf of the filmmakers.
Five new releases meant a more dynamic weekend at the Italian box office. Iron Man 3 easily retained the top spot for the second consecutive week with $2.7 million. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters had a stronger debut than expected, grossing $1 million despite playing in less than half the theaters than Iron Man 3. Side Effects had a moderately successful opening considering the other options during its release date, grossing $715,782. Snitch was the only clear disappointment of the weekend, opening in sixth place with a mediocre $1,617 per-screen average in 206 theaters.
Box office results for Italy. May 3-5, 2013.
Iron Man 3 continued its spectacular run in Mexico, grossing $7.8
million over the weekend to bring its total in the Mexican box office to $35.8
Just below the superhero film, multi-week hold-overs Nosotros Los Nobles and The Croods occupied the second and third spots, respectively. Nosotros Los Nobles grossed $1.3 million over the weekend to take its domestic cume to a very successful $19.8 million. The Croods is one of the biggest hits of the year in Mexico, grossing $27 million in its seven week run. Identity Thief suffered in its opening weekend, only grossing $370,044. The U.S. comedy was passed over by Mexican audiences the same way This is 40 whimpered out of the box office. U.S. comedies have had a difficult time finding popularity in Mexico this year.
Specialty releases, however, found relative success with the opening of Trance and Spring Breakers. Danny Boyle's stylish psychological thriller opened in fifth place with a $1,527 average from 230 screens. Harmony Korine's neon-tinged subversive indie opened in 121 screens for a $1,734 average.
Box office results for Mexico. May 3-5, 2013.
Melbourne, Australia -- Qube Cinema announced the appointment of Lewis Thorne as their official Level 2 technical support specialist for Australia and New Zealand. Thorne brings many years of experience in the digital cinema industry to his new position, strengthening Qube's presence in the region. Users of Qube Cinema's digital cinema servers, Integrated Media Blocks (IMBs), and postproduction mastering and distribution products now have full local technical support.
"Lewis has a thorough knowledge of Qube's XP-D and XP-I digital cinema servers and the Xi 4K IMB," said Raja Enok, director of sales and marketing for Qube Cinema in Asia. "He's been involved in the field testing of the XP-D server and Xi IMBs, and has worked with independent cinema owners in the area for a long time."
Both the XP-D and XP-I are DCI certified, using Qube's version 3.0 server software, which provides a common user experience for setup, operation and maintenance for either server while integrating seamlessly with all theater management system software including the Cinedigm TCC. The XP-I and Xi 4K IMB are compatible with Series 2 DLP projectors. XP-D users can easily upgrade to the XP-I and Xi IMB to accommodate 4K resolution, higher frame rates and 3D content. The DCI upgrade for Qube servers in the field will be coordinated by the Independent Cinema Association of Australia's Network Operations Centre (ICAA NOC) and be conducted by Thorne in conjunction with each cinema's usual maintenance provider.
"Lewis is well-known to many ICAA cinema owners and understands the support requirements of independent cinemas and their equipment," Enok explained. "We're excited to see things growing so quickly in Australia and New Zealand."