Cinelou Films Launching Indie Distribution Company with the Release of ‘Cake’ with Jennifer Aniston


Add Jennifer Aniston to the list of Best Actress hopefuls.  Could be a dark horse for recognition.  Remember “The Good Girl?”

Read the Press Release:

LOS ANGELES (October 27, 2014) – Today, Cinelou Films’ Producers Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon announced the launch of Cinelou Releasing – a new prestige label with plans to release up to four films over the next year. Cinelou Releasing has a pact with Warner Bros. Pictures to handle international distribution for six of the Cinelou releases over the next three years. “We congratulate Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon on their new company, Cinelou Releasing,” said Warner Bros. President of International Distribution, Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, “we look forward to our upcoming international collaborations with them beginning next year with CAKE.”

The first film under the Cinelou Releasing banner will be the Jennifer Aniston dark comedy CAKE — the first Cinelou project financed and produced under its $100 million financing pact with Taiwanese based Shenghua Entertainment. “Having a US distribution arm was always part of our strategy to be in control of the creative, marketing and financial results of our films. We were very pleased with how CAKE turned out and are excited about all the opportunities the film presents on multiple levels.” added Solomon. CAKE, which made its debut at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival to rave reviews for Aniston, will have a one-week qualifying run in December followed by an expansion in January.

Based on a “blacklisted” script from screenwriter Patrick Tobin, CAKE is directed by Daniel Barnz and features an all-star cast that includes Oscar-nominees Anna Kendrick and Adriana Barraza, and Sam Worthington. CAKE takes us into the darkly funny world of Claire Bennett (Aniston) who initiates a dubious relationship with a widower (Worthington) while confronting fantastical hallucinations of his dead wife (Kendrick). With her feisty housekeeper and caretaker (Barraza) ever at her side, Claire searches for human connection and self-forgiveness in this comedically poignant tale of personal redemption.

Aniston has been hailed by columnist Pete Hammond as an “Oscar contender” for her performance which he describes as “Raw, real, poignant and unexpected.”

“We are extremely honored to be associated with Jennifer, Adriana, Sam, Anna and the whole team involved with the film,” says producer Courtney Solomon, “Cinelou was formed to produce brave, bold and interesting films that both challenge and showcase talent.” Producer Mark Canton adds, “We’re very proud and excited that our new distribution banner will allow Cake to be released with the same passion and commitment that went into making the film.”

Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, Chris Messina, and Britt Robertson round out CAKE’s all-star cast. Veteran producer Mark Canton, Kristin Hahn and Ben Barnz all produced with Solomon.

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