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SANJEEV Singh, director of acquisition and distribution at Videovision Entertainment, has announced that the company has acquired movies by Woody Allen and Ken Loach.
The acquisitions came prior to the Cannes International Film Festival's world premieres of Allen's You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger on May 15 as part of the official selection, and Loach's Route Irish on May 20.
The movies will be screened in competition at the festival.
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger follows a married couple, Alfie and Helena, as well as their daughter Sally and her husband Roy as their passions, ambitions and anxieties lead them into trouble and out of their minds.
After Alfie leaves Helena to pursue his lost youth and a free-spirited call girl called Charmaine, Helena abandons rationality and surrenders her life to the loony advice of a charlatan fortune teller.
Written and directed by Allen, the film stars Anthony Hopkins, Gemma Jones, Freida Pinto, Naomi Watts, Lucy Punch, Josh Brolin and Antonio Banderas.
A late entry atCannes, Route Irish has an Iraqi theme. It details the story of two private security contractors who risk their lives in a city awash with violence and greed.
When Frankie is killed on Route Irish - the road linking Baghdad airport with the Green Zone - Fergus, destroyed by grief and guilt, rejects the official explanation of his dear friend's death and decides to investigate what really happened. The film stars Mark Womack, Andrea Lowe and comedian John Bishop.
"We are thrilled to have acquired the rights of Woody Allen's You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger and Ken Loach's Route Irish," said Singh.
"Like most Woody Allen films, You Will Meet a Tall DarkStranger has a star-studded cast, including Freida Pinto, who enchanted audiences in SlumDog Millionaire.
"Acquiring Route Irish is certainly a coup due to its late entry into the official competition, and follows our acquisition of Loach's ode to football star Eric Cantona last year.
"We will be releasing the films in South Africa later this year through United International Pictures and anticipate that they will be critically acclaimed and garner awards like Vicky Cristina Barcelona and The Hurt Locker did."