September 4, 2008

Paramount Vantage to Handle International Sales on Neil Jordan’s ONDINE Starring Colin Farrell

TORONTO, Sept. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Paramount Vantage will handle international sales on Academy Award(R) winner Neil Jordan's latest feature ONDINE, it was announced today by Alex Walton, SVP of international sales. Currently in production, the cast includes Colin Farrell (Miami Vice, S.W.A.T.), Alicja Bachleda (Trade), Stephen Rea (V for Vendetta, The Crying Game) and introduces Alison Barry. The Director of Photography is the internationally acclaimed Christopher Doyle (Hero, In the Mood for Love). Vantage is handling worldwide sales excluding North America which will be represented by CAA.

ONDINE tells the story of Syracuse (Colin Farrell), a local fisherman whose everyday life is transformed by a beautiful and mysterious woman (Alicja Bachleda) whom he fishes from the sea and who his young daughter, Annie (Alison Barry), believes is a mermaid. But like all fairytales, enchantment and darkness go hand in hand. ONDINE, written and directed by Neil Jordan, tells a story about hope, love, and the value of believing in magic.

Jordan commented, "We feel we've found the perfect home for the film with Paramount Vantage and I'm pleased to be working with Colin Farrell again who brings tremendous depth to his characters. ONDINE is an insanely romantic love story that exists within the realms of a fantasy world that pushes through the boundaries of the real world."

"We are excited to be embarking on this relationship with Neil and Wayfare Entertainment," said Walton. "We are confident that the international marketplace will embrace this contemporary take on a timeless fairytale, and the vision of this world class team of filmmakers."

Ben Browning of Wayfare Entertainment and James Flynn of Octagon Films will produce with Neil Jordan. Executive Producers are Wayfare's Michael Maher and Peter Rawlinson, and Ned Dowd. Wayfare Entertainment and the Irish Film Board financed the film. The film is shooting on location in Ireland.

About Paramount Vantage

Paramount Vantage is the specialty film division of Paramount Pictures Corporation, (PPC), a unit of Viacom , a leading entertainment content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. The company's labels include Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, MTV Films, Nickelodeon Movies and DreamWorks Studios. PPC operations also include Paramount Digital Entertainment, Paramount Famous Productions, Paramount Home Entertainment, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., Paramount Studio Group, and Worldwide Television Distribution.

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CONTACT: Bethan Dixon, +1-323-956-8956,[email protected], or Tara Irvine, +1-323-956-8904,[email protected], both of Paramount Vantage