XYZ FILMS PICKS UP WORLD SALES RIGHTS TO THE GRITTY CRIME THRILLER ’WOLF’
XYZ Films announces that it has world sales rights (excluding Benelux) to the Dutch crime thriller WOLF, which was written and directed by filmmaker Jim Taihuttu. XYZ films is an LA-based film production and sales company founded in 2008. The film will enjoy its festival premiere in the New Directors section of the upcoming San Sebastian International Film Festival in September. WOLF stars Marwan Kenzari, Nasrdin Dchar, Raymond Thiry, and Slimane Dazi (A Prophet, Hold Back). It was produced by Julius Ponten of Habbekrats (Founded in 2004, Habbekrats is a creative film company based in Amsterdam) for Production Partners NTR, Nederlands Filmfonds, Mediafonds, CoBO-Fonds, Fei Productions and TopNotch. XYZ Films will be selling rights to the film at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.
WOLF tells the gripping story of Majid, a young man who decides to capitalize on his mixed martial arts skills shortly after being released from prison. As his fighting prowess allows him a legitimate path to get his life back on track, it also brings him increasing notoriety inside and outside the ring. The worlds of kickboxing and organized crime quickly begin to blur as Majid is pulled into a savage, violent and lawless underworld.
WOLF is the second feature film the company has produced after Jim Taihuttu’s directorial debut RABAT, which he co-directed with Habbekrats co-founder Victor Ponten.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be representing WOLF,” says XYZ co-founder Aram Tertzakian. “It’s a visually stunning, emotionally charged, and deeply human crime thriller with powerful performances all around. Jim Taihuttu is an enormous talent, and we expect Wolf to be the first of many collaborations with Jim and Habbekrats.”
XYZ Films and PT Merantau Films are currently in production on the highly anticipated THE RAID 2, which reunites writer/director Gareth Huw Evans with actor Iko Uwais, who will be reprising his starring role.
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