IMOGEN POOTS AND JESSE EISENBERG TO STAR IN SCI-FI THRILLER ‘VIVARIUM’
XYZ Films to Exec Produce and handle worldwide sales at Cannes
Los Angeles, CA/Cannes, France (May 2, 2018) – Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg are set to star in VIVARIUM, a science-fiction thriller directed by Lorcan Finnegan. XYZ Films will be selling the film in Cannes ahead of a July start of production in Ireland.
Poots will play a young woman who, along with her fiancé (Eisenberg) is in search of the perfect starter home. After following a mysterious real estate agent to a new housing development, the couple finds themselves trapped in a maze of identical houses and forced to raise an otherworldly child.
Fantastic Films’ Brendan McCarthy and John McDonnell will produce in co-production with Belgium’s Frakas Productions and Denmark’s PingPong Film, with XYZ executive producing and handling global sales. VIVARIUM will also receive additional support from the Irish Film Board, Wallimage, the Danish Film Institute and Eurimages.
VIVARIUM is developed with the support of the Creative Europe Media Programme of the European Union, Film4 and Frontières.
Poots recently starred in Jamie Dagg’s SWEET VIRGINIA and Jeremy Saulnier’s GREEN ROOM. She’ll next be seen in THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE, which also stars Eisenberg and Alessandro Nivola.
Upcoming Eisenberg will star in RESISTANCE, which will shoot later this year. He is best known for playing Mark Zuckerberg in David Fincher’s THE SOCIAL NETWORK and for NOW YOU SEE ME. He will also soon be seen in THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE and in THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT.
Lorcan Finnegan burst onto the film scene in 2016 with his debut feature WITHOUT NAME, an ecological horror-thriller that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. XYZ also handled North American sales on WITHOUT NAME.
XYZ Films is handling sales on the survival thriller TITAN, starring Lily Collins, and will continue sales on the Official Cannes Selection ARCTIC starring Mads Mikkelsen. XYZ’s MANDY starring Nicholas Cage and directed by Panos Cosmatos, will play in the Directors’ Fortnight section at Cannes and earlier premiered at this year’s Sundance to rave reviews. I DON’T FEEL HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE won last year’s Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, and the company also had six films accepted at TIFF in 2017, including I KILL GIANTS starring Zoe Saldana and BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99 starring Vince Vaughn.
Poots is repped by CAA, Troika, and Morris Yorn; Eisenberg is repped by CAA and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson.
About XYZ Films:
XYZ Films is an integrated content company whose mission is to empower visionary storytellers from every corner of the planet. As an independent production company and worldwide sales agency, the company is uniquely suited to identify talented filmmakers and bring their stories to life. XYZ was founded in 2008 by Nate Bolotin, Nick Spicer, and Aram Tertzakian. XYZ recently won the 2017 Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Macon Blair’s I DON’T FEEL AT HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE.
ABOUT FANTASTIC FILMS:
Fantastic Film is an Oscar-winning company dedicated to high quality unique films. Credits include Martin McDonagh’s Oscar-winning SIX SHOOTER; Ruairí Robinson’s THE LAST DAYS ON MARS Directors’ Fortnight Cannes starring Liev Schreiber; Corin Hardy’s Sundance hit THE HALLOW; Jaume Balagueró’s MUSE starring Franka Potente and Christopher Lloyd; Billy O’Brien’s SXSW hit I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER; Brian O’Malley’s Silver Méliès winner LET US PREY; Dennis Bartok’s NAILS and the critically acclaimed Hammer Horror WAKE WOOD starring Timothy Spall and Aidan Gillen.
ABOUT FRAKAS PRODUCTIONS
Founded in 2007, Frakas Productions is a Belgian production company based in Liège, producing mainly feature films and is very active in international coproductions.
Frakas Productions and its young directors cast a critical and sharp glance at our society through powerful and ambitious subjects. It has produced films such as David Lambert’s ‘‘BEYOND THE WALLS’’, ‘‘ALL YOURS’’ & “THIRD MARRIAGE”, David Lambert’s last comedy, in cinemas on June 13th; Delphine Noels’s ‘‘POST PARTUM’’ or Marta Bergman’s “ALONE AT MY WEDDING”, selected at Cannes 71st International Film Festival in the “ACID” section.
International coproductions include films such as Katell Quillévéré’s ‘‘HEAL THE LIVING’’ (2016), Julia Ducournau’s ‘‘RAW’’ (2016), Jaume Balaguero’s MUSE (2017), Kyoshi Kurosawa’s « DAGUERROTYPE » (2017), Michaël R. Roskam’s “RACER AND THE JAILBIRD” (2017), Lukas Dhont’s “GIRL”, selected at Cannes 71st International Film Festival in the “Un Certain Regard” section.
Frakas is currently coproducing ‘‘A GOOD WOMAN IS HARD TO FIND’’, the latest film by Abner Pastoll (‘‘ROAD GAMES’’), Lorcan Finnegan’s “VIVARIUM”, Gavin Rothery’s “ARCHIVE”, Neasa Hardiman's "SEA FEVER" and Visar Morina’s “EXIL”
Jean-Yves Roubin, its founder and manager, is also the co-president of UPFF – the Belgian Producers’ Guild (French speaking part).
ABOUT PINGPONG FILM
Pingpong Film is run by Danish producer Alexander Brøndsted and Swedish co-producer, writer/director Antonio Tublén. Previous films are the award winning feature films Original and LFO. Later this year their Danish thriller Uro will be released and also their English debut, Zoo, starring Ed Speleers and Zoe Tapper.
The Irish Film Board (IFB) is the national development agency for Irish filmmaking and the Irish film, television and animation industry, investing in talent, creativity and enterprise.
The IFB’s mission is to support and promote Irish film, television and animation through fostering Irish artistic vision and our diverse creative and production talent, growing audiences, and attracting filmmakers and investment into the country.
The IFB is committed to providing leadership, direction and advocacy for the Irish screen industries, as well as supporting writers, directors and production companies through investing in Irish filmmaking talent.
The agency delivers on its mission through generating inward investment by promoting Ireland as a film location as well as promoting Irish films to major international markets. The IFB is also committed to supporting the distribution of feature films, bringing Irish film to wider audiences and engaging with European counterparts on mutually beneficial policy initiatives.
Major Irish and international titles to have received support from the IFB in recent years include Academy Award®-nominated films such as Nora Twomey’s The Breadwinner, John Crowley’s Brooklyn, Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster, and the Academy Award®-winning Room, helmed by Lenny Abrahamson. Other notable titles include John Carney’s Sing Street, Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Killing of a Sacred Deer and Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship alongside critically acclaimed domestic titles such as Frank Berry’s Michael Inside, Aoife McArdle’s Kissing Candice and Peter Foott’s The Young Offenders.