Archive for March, 2012


New York, New York (March 19, 2012)– Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired North American rights to Dain Said’s festival hit BUNOHAN: RETURN TO MURDER. The film had its world premiere at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival and has gone on to play other esteemed festivals such as Rotterdam, Palm Springs, Fantastic Fest, and the Taipei International Golden Horse Film Festival, where it garnered a Netpac Award.

Directed by Dain Said, BUNOHAN: RETURN TO MURDER focuses on the dark relationship between three estranged brothers who end up fighting for their lives when they are called back to their village by their dying father.

BUNOHAN: RETURN TO MURDER has also sold to Universal Pictures for a slew of territories including UK, Germany, France, Australia and New Zealand. It was recently released theatrically in its home country of Malaysia, playing commercially to a nationwide audience.

The film is produced by Nandita Solomon of Apparat in conjunction with Tim Kwok of Convergence Entertainment, who also serves as Co-Producer. Traction Media negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers. Easternlight Films represent the film on the international front.

Oscilloscope Laboratories Takes SAMSARA – Follow-up to the World Renowned Film BARAKA Will Open In Theaters August 2012 / March 14th, 2012

New York, NY (March 14, 2012)—Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired US rights to SAMSARA, the third feature from filmmakers Mark Magidson and Ron Fricke, which had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.  The film will be released in theaters nationally this summer.

Fricke and Magidson previously collaborated on the award-winning films BARAKA and CHRONOS, which brought a new visual and magical artistry to theaters.

Filmed over a period of more than four years in twenty-five countries on five continents, SAMSARA transports us via 65mm cinematography to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.  By dispensing with dialogue and descriptive text, SAMSARA subverts the expectations of a traditional documentary and encourages new interpretations, inspired by breathtaking images and transcendent music.  Taking its name from the Sanskrit word for “the ever turning wheel of life,” SAMSARA explores the wonders of our world, from the mundane to the miraculous.  The lyrical film will push modern theater-going technology to the limit with never before seen technical feats, providing a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience through both traditional film and all-new 4K digital projection.

Oscilloscope Greets Acclaimed Sundance Opening Night film, “HELLO I MUST BE GOING” / March 12th, 2012

O-Scope is eyeing an August release for the Divorce Comedy starring Melanie Lynskey

New York, New York (March 9, 2012)—Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired North American rights to Todd Louiso’s HELLO I MUST BE GOING, the comedy that had its world premiere in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at Sundance Film Festival 2012. Oscilloscope will release the film theatrically later this year.

HELLO I MUST BE GOING stars acclaimed actress Melanie Lynskey (WIN WIN, UP IN THE AIR, 2 AND A HALF MEN) in her break-out role as a recently divorced New York photographer who moves back in with her parents at their suburban Connecticut home. Initially demoralized and uncertain of her future, Amy begins an affair with a 19-year-old actor that rejuvenates her passion for life and helps her discover the kind of independence and fulfillment she suddenly realizes had been missing for years.

Of the film, Oscilloscope says, “Todd has made the sort of smart, sophisticated, and charming film that we don’t see nearly enough of these days. Melanie Lynskey is a revelation in the lead role, delivering an incredibly insightful and layered performance that is at the heart of the movie, making Amy both an endearing and honest character. With its generous humanity and seamless blending of comedy and drama, the movie is reminiscent of classics from directors like Billy Wilder and James L. Brooks, yet it has a distinct and modern sensibility all its own. We loved it from the moment we saw it at Sundance, and we are thrilled to be working with this great filmmaking team to bring it out into the world.”

“In making the film, we became a close knit group. Todd, Sarah, Hans and I are thrilled to bring Oscilloscope into the family. We love their taste and are thrilled that HELLO I MUST BE GOING has earned a place on the Oscilloscope slate.” said producer Mary Jane Skalski.

The film co-stars Blythe Danner as Amy’s mother and newcomer Christopher Abbott as her younger but surprisingly wise love interest. It was written by Sarah Koskoff , produced by Mary Jane Skalski and Hans Ritter.

The deal was negotiated by WME Global’s Liesl Copland and Deb Mcintosh for the filmmakers and David Fenkel for O-Scope.

Currently in release from Oscilloscope is Lynne Ramsay’s Golden Globe Nominated, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN starring Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, and Ezra Miller. Upcoming films for 2012 include Andrea Arnold’s WUTHERING HEIGHTS, Matt Ross’s 28 HOTEL ROOMS and Ryan O’Nan’s BROOKLYN BROTHERS BEAT THE BEST.