Metrodome finisce in amministrazione controllata
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The travails of the independent distribution scene in the UK continue with Metrodome Distribution going into administration. The company was a stalwart of British independent distribution, being responsible for the dissemination of a raft of award-winning world cinema titles including Luca Guadagnino’s I Am Love [+leggi anche:
intervista: Luca Guadagnino - regista
scheda film], Juan José Campanella’s The Secret in their Eyes [+leggi anche:
Intervista Juan José Campanella [IT]
Intervista Ricardo Darín [IT]
Intervista Soledad Villemin [IT]
scheda film], Wong Kar-Wai’s The Grandmaster [+leggi anche:
scheda film], Fred Cavayé’s Mea Culpa [+leggi anche:
scheda film] and Sean Baker’s Tangerine, amongst many others. Metrodome’s upcoming release slate includes Terence Davies’ A Quiet Passion [+leggi anche:
scheda film] and Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper [+leggi anche:
intervista: Artemio Benki
intervista: Olivier Assayas
scheda film], while Brady Corbet’s The Childhood of a Leader [+leggi anche:
scheda film] is in UK cinemas on 19 August.
Most of the company’s 32 employees have been retrenched, according to reports. Metrodome began looking for investment or buyers in March this year. In July, managing director Jezz Vernon announced that he would step down, after 11 years with the company. Fellow British distributor 101 Films has acquired some of Metrodome’s titles.
Metrodome also operates Hollywood Classics, which has a large repertoire of US studio library titles. The company also operated as an international sales agent under the trading name Metrodome International, and its titles include John Jencks’ The Hippopotamus, Paul Hyett’s Howl and Nirpal Bhogal’s First Born.
With several different avenues of viewing available to audiences now, the demise of Metrodome reflects the changing paradigm of film distribution, particularly in the independent space.
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