Big Screen Entertainment nabs rights to new Eric Roberts film


Big Screen Entertainment Group has acquired the international sales rights to the new Eric Roberts/Karen Black thriller, entitled “Contamination.” The film features acclaimed Russian filmmaker Rodion Nahapatov. In addition to starring, Nahapatov (called “the Russian George Clooney”) also wrote and directed the fast paced, contemporary medical thriller.

Roberts co-stars in the upcoming Warner Bros. Batman sequel, “The Dark Night,” starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman. Roberts was nominated for an Academy Award for his star making turn in “Runaway Train.” Karen Black is a two time Academy Award nominee and two time Golden Globe Winner.

“We will be bringing the film to Cannes, where Big Screen is debuting its new international sales division, The Independent Film Distribution Company,” said BSEG CEO Kimberley Kates. “’Contamination’ has already generated huge numbers from Russia, thanks to Rodion Nahapatov’s popularity. We expect the film to perform equally well in all territories; we are very pleased to be working with Rodion and RPI Productions.”

In addition to this film project, Big Screen has acquired an additional four more movie titles to distribute internationally. BSEG’s library with Film One and Five Star has now grown to over 30 titles to be sold at Cannes this year.

In addition to “Contamination,” BSEG will be debuting the 35mm, theatrical print of its suspense/thriller, “Babysitter Wanted,” co-directed by BSEG Senior VP Michael Manasseri and Jonas Barnes (Original Films) to be released by LionsGate UK this fall.

Big Screen Entertainment Group is a full service entertainment company designed to develop, produce, purchase, exhibit and distribute products in all media formats, including motion pictures, television, and music publishing.

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