Brazil’s biggest ever home-grown box office smash ELITE SQUAD 2: THE ENEMY WITHIN, being sold by IM Global and uncompromisingly brilliant East London morality tale TURNOUT have both been snapped up by award winning UK distributor Revolver Entertainment it was announced today by the company’s CEO Justin Marciano.
Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within is directed by José Padilha, took more than $60 million at the Brazilian box office. Padilha's previous film Elite Squad won the Golden Bear at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival, receiving unprecedented attention due to its visceral and often brutal portrayal of cops in Rio. Padilha's award-winning documentary Bus 174 was warmly received around the globe when it was released in 2002, winning at Miami, Rotterdam, Munich, Rio and receiving a DGA award nomination from the Directors Guild of America.
ELITE SQUAD 2: THE ENEMY WITHIN brings a new chapter to the story of Captain Nascimento as he takes on the rampant corruption in Rio's city government, told via Jose Padilha's bravura filmmaking and arresting narrative. Produced by Globo Films, the movie was acquired by IM Global and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year.
TURNOUT, starring Olivia Lovibond (Mr Popper’s Penguins, No Strings Attached) and Ben Drew (The Sweeney, director of Ill Manors, chart topping recording artist signed to Warner) is based on an original screenplay by director Lee Sales and actors Francis Pope and George Russo. Set in Hoxton, East London TURNOUT follows George and Sophie, as they save money to go on their first holiday together. The deposit is paid and they have two weeks left to pay the outstanding balance of £2,000. Sophie has entrusted George with her holiday savings and is keen to settle the debt with the travel agents. The only trouble is, unbeknown to Sophie, George is flat broke. In a vain attempt to raise cash, George uses Sophie's holiday money to fund an ill judged deal.
"Both of these films are very different but equally extraordinary film experiences and both have very talented individuals driving them," says Justin Marciano. "We are always excited to secure titles like these that challenge and stimulate debate. It’s what feeds our enthusiasm for great cinema at Revolver."