DOG EAT DOG Makes World Premiere & Takes a Bite out of Cannes

Arclight Films and Pure Dopamine are pleased to announce the Cannes world premiere of gritty crime-thriller, DOG EAT DOG, based on the award-winning book of the same name by celebrated author Eddie Bunker on May 20, 2016. The film stars Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe (SPIDERMAN trilogy, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL) and was directed by two-time Golden Globe and Palme d’Or nominee and WGA Laurel Award-winner Paul Schrader (RAGING BULL, TAXI DRIVER, AFFLICTED). DOG EAT DOG is the official closing film of this year’s Directors’ Fortnight (Quinzaine des Realisateurs). Writers are Matt Wilder and Paul Schrader.

“It’s been an honor to work with such exceptional talent both in front of and behind the camera.” Said producer Mark Earl Burman. “We’re excited to have been invited to screen DOG EAT DOG to audiences for the very first time in Cannes and look forward to sharing the film with the rest of the world shortly thereafter.”

“We’re thrilled that DOG EAT DOG has been selected as the closing night film for Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes.” Said Gary Hamilton, Managing Director of Arclight Films and a producer on the project. “We can’t imagine a better or more prestigious platform for the world premiere of such an exhilarating, exceptional and powerful film, featuring a world-renowned cast lead by Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe, and directed by a legend in his own right, Paul Schraeder.”

DOG EAT DOG is a gritty contemporary crime thriller about a trio of ex-cons, deep in the underbelly of Cleveland, who are hired for a kidnapping. When the botched abduction goes awry and gets completely out of control, the cons find themselves on the run, vowing to stay out of prison at all costs.

“To be back in Cannes, and with DOG EAT DOG, is somewhat of a dream come true.” Said Schrader. “Nick Cage and I have been planning a collaboration for quite some time, yet we were waiting for the right script to come through, which turned out to be DOG EAT DOG. It was beyond a pleasure to work with both he and Willem and so many talented others on a film that has commercially viability as well as artistic integrity all in one, gritty, cinematic package. DOG EAT DOG brings an certain kind of edginess back into the world of film that has been missing in action for quite some time.”

Producers are Mark Earl Burman of Pure Dopamine, Gary Hamilton, and Brian Beckmann. Executive producers include Academy-award winner Barney Burman, Jeff Caperton, David Hillary, Ray Mansfield, Michael McClung, Timothy Wayne Peternel, Donald Rivers, Shaun Redick and Jeremy Rosen.

Other cast members include Melissa Bolona, Christopher Matthew Cook and Louisa Krause. Burman’s hit documentary, SOUTH BUREAU HOMICIDE is currently making the festival circuit as well, to rave reviews. Arclight Films is handling international sales. Cage is repped by CAA and Link Entertainment. Dafoe is repped by Frank Fratteroli of Circle of Confusion and CAA. Schrader is repped by Parseghian Planco, and Jeff Berg at Resolution. Edward Bunker and his Estate are represented by Jeanne Field at Windfall Management.

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About Arclight Films

Arclight Films is one of the world’s leading international sales companies for theatrical, television and home entertainment. Arclight Films has sold over 300 motion pictures including the Best Picture Oscar® winner CRASH, and Golden Globe® Best Picture Nominee BOBBY and LORD OF WAR starring Nicolas Cage, Jared Leto and Ethan Hawke.

Arclight Films additionally encompasses subsidiary labels Darclight Films, the edgy genre-driven division of the company whose films include the worldwide horror hits WOLF CREEK, WOLF CREEK 2 and action thriller BAIT 3D (the highest grossing Australian film in the history of Chinese cinema), and a current slate that includes LOST IN THE PACIFIC starring Brandon Routh, and Easternlight, a specialty arm showcasing Asian cinema with the largest film library of any non Asian-based indie film label. Films sold under the Easternlight banner include the worldwide blockbuster FORBIDDEN KINGDOM starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li, 14 BLADES starring Donnie Yen, and legendary auteur Chen Kaige's SACRIFICE.

The latest additions to Easternlight include SNOW GIRL AND THE DARK CRYSTAL starring Li Bingbing, WOLF WARRIOR starring Wu Jing (which opened #1 at the Chinese Box Office, earning more than $32.5M in one weekend), OUTCAST starring Nicolas Cage, SPECIAL ID starring Donnie Yen, BADGES OF FURY starring Jet Li and Cannes Film Festival “Directors Fortnight” official selection and Toronto International Film Festival Gala Selection DANGEROUS LIASIONS starring Zhang Ziyi, Cecilia Cheung and Jang Dong Gun.

Some of the latest additions to the Arclight Films’ slate include 2016 Official Cannes Directors’ Fortnight selection DOG EAT DOG starring Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe, directed and written by Paul Schrader, THE CONFIRMATION starring Clive Owen and Maria Bello, directed by Academy Award-winner Bob Nelson (NEBRASKA), 2016 Sundance Official Selection FRANK & LOLA starring Imogen Poots and Michael Shannon, PREDESTINATION starring Ethan Hawke now in release through Sony Pictures, LAST KNIGHTS starring Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman, RECLAIM starring John Cusack, now in release through Lions Gate, PAPER PLANES starring Sam Worthington, and SHANGRI-LA SUITE starring Emily Browning and Luke Grimes to be released through a major studio and JUNGLE starring Daniel Radcliffe.

Arclight Films maintains a presence at all major motion picture and television festivals and markets with offices in Los Angeles, Sydney, Hong Kong, Beijing and Toronto.

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