Kismet Announces Upcoming Slate, Including TITANE

August 5, 2021



Kismet Announces Upcoming Slate, Including TITANE


Kismet, a new Australian and New Zealand distribution company, established by Troy Lum, founder of indie powerhouse Hopscotch, and Jason Hernandez, former Head of Theatrical Distribution at Entertainment One (eOne) Australia and New Zealand, has already established a dynamic slate of international and local titles. Included in the line-up is the Palme D’or winner from this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Julia Ducournau’s TITANE.

Founder of Hopscotch Films and Hopscotch Features, Troy Lum has been a trailblazer in the global independent market for over two decades. Lum’s film acquisitions have been nominated for over 80 Academy Awards and grossed over one billion dollars at the global box office. Launching Kismet in partnership with Lum is Jason Hernandez. Hernandez also bring decades of experience as the former Head of Theatrical Sales at Hopscotch Films, and Head of Theatrical Distribution at eOne Australia and New Zealand. Joined by the Tamir family’s Moving Story as a major investor, Kismet’s focus is on compelling content with innovative strategies to fit the ever-changing nature of the industry.

On the current climate of the movie industry, Lum says, “It’s an exciting time for independent cinema, the world of entertainment is changing at a rapid pace and this creates a wealth of opportunities. But one thing holds for certain, there will always be a place for bold, authentic movies, and we hope to bring them to the big screen where they belong.”

In addition to acquiring director Julia Ducournau’s horror-thriller TITANE, Kismet also picked up several critically acclaimed festival favourites to bring to local audiences; Japanese animator Mamoru Hosoda’s visionary fairytale BELLE, and Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet’s debut feature, the French romance ANAЇS IN LOVE.

Dubbed ‘the most shocking film’ to screen at this year’s festival, French director Julia Ducournau’s TITANE is a bold follow-up to her 2016 cannibal drama, Raw. TITANE is a wildly imaginative and unique film, exploring family, faith and flesh. Ducuornau is only the second woman in the festival’s 74-year history to take out cinema’s most prestigious prize, and the first woman to win it alone. TITANE will have its Australian premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival this month.

From Studio Chizu (Miraï, Wolf Children, The Boy and The Beast), Hosoda’s innovative sci-fi fairytale BELLE follows the story of Suzu, a 17-year-old high school student living in a rural village, who one day enters the virtual world of “U”, and becomes the best version of her true self in the dazzling digital world.

In the tradition of Amelie and inspired by the classics of French romantic cinema, Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet’s debut feature ANAЇS IN LOVE, rounds up Kismet’s Cannes acquisitions. It tells the story of a young restless woman navigating life, love and profound desire. It features stunning performances from Anaïs Demoustier (Alice and the Mayor) and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (Summer of 85, Like Crazy).

Among its festival films, Kismet’s upcoming slate also includes; Zach Braff’s A GOOD PERSON, starring Florence Pugh and Morgan Freeman; Nick Cassavettes’ CUS AND MIKE, which tells the story of Mike Tyson’s legendary trainer and manager Cus D’Amato; debut director Emma Seligman’s comedy-drama SHIVA BABY; and QUEEN BEES, featuring an all-star cast including Ellen Burstyn, Ann-Margret and Christopher Lloyd.

Kismet will also have a deep commitment to local cinema in Australia and New Zealand. Lum was involved in some of the most iconic local success stories such as Somersault, Bright Star, Mao’s Last Dancer, The Sapphires and The Water Diviner to name a few, and Kismet will continue this commitment via a strategic alliance with the recently announced production entity Brouhaha Entertainment.

Upcoming local films include; Kate Dennis’ ALL THAT I AM, based on the Miles Franklin-winning novel by Anna Funder; Lee Tamahori’s historical New Zealand adventure, THE CONVERT; Nick Giannopoulos’ WOGBOYS FOREVER, and THE GIRL AT THE WINDOW (Mark Hartley).

In a further boost, Kismet has inked an exclusive agreement with Sony Pictures for Home Entertainment across all releases, and has also closed a multi-year Pay 1 output deal with Foxtel.