EuropaCorp Acquires U.S. Rights to Big Game at The Toronto International Film Festival

EuropaCorp Press Release

Jalmari Helander directed and wrote the film which stars

Samuel L. Jackson & Onni Tommila 


Toronto, ON  (September 9, 2014) – EuropaCorp today announced they have acquired U.S. rights to Jalmari Helander’s BIG GAME, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Onni Tommila. BIG GAME marks EuropaCorps’s first ever festival acquisition. EuropaCorp is eyeing a wide domestic release for the film in 2015 and will announce distribution plans at a later date.


BIG GAME, directed and written by Jalmari Helander, premiered on Friday night as the opening film for the Midnight Madness section at the Toronto International Film Festival. This is the second deal for Helander who premiered his critically acclaimed film Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale at TIFF in 2010, which was picked up by Oscilloscope Laboratories. 


BIG GAME tells the story of Oskari, a timid 13-year-old, who is called upon tradition to spend one day and one night alone in the wilderness to prove himself a man.  On his adventure Oskari discovers an escape pod belonging to Air Force One housing the President of the United States.  In the skies above, terrorists are hurtling their way to the crash site hell-bent on kidnapping the President.  Plunged into a deadly game of cat and mouse with only hours to spare, Oskari and the President must team up to survive the most extraordinary night of their lives.


“We could not be more thrilled about the deal with EuropaCorp on the distribution of BIG GAME.  Our goal is for the largest audience possible to experience the film and EuropaCorp understands the strength of the film in the U.S. marketplace and their confidence in this title is evident in their release strategy,” said Petri Jokiranta, Producer and Co-Writer of BIG GAME.


“BIG GAME is a fantastic opportunity for EuropaCorp USA to kick-off its distribution efforts,” said Christophe Lambert, CEO of EuropaCorp. “Jalmari and Petri are talented, visionary filmmakers and we are excited to add their film to our growing slate.”



The film will be released through RelativityEuropaCorpDistribution LLC under the EuropaCorp banner.


The film also stars Ray Stevenson, Mehmet Kurtulus, Victor Garber, Ted Levine, Felicity Huffman and Jim Broadbent.


WME Global and Altitude Film Entertainment negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.


Subzero Film Entertainment

Subzero Film Entertainment was established in 2012 by producer Petri Jokiranta and director Jalmari Helander after the success of their previous film Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale. Under their Subzero banner Jokiranta and Helander will concentrate on developing high-concept genre projects mainly for Helander to direct and Subzero to produce. BIG GAME is the first film produced under Subzero banner.


Altitude Film Entertainment

The Altitude Film Entertainment group comprises Altitude Film Production led by Will Clarke chairman and joint-CEO with Andy MaysonAltitude Film Sales with Managing Director Mike Runagall; and Altitude Film Distribution with Hamish Moseley as Head of Distribution.

Altitude’s first creative production partnerships are with Jalmari Helander, Petri Jokiranta, and Alex Garland for Big Game starring Samuel L Jackson, Onni Tommila, Jim Broadbent, Ray Stevenson and Mehmet Kurtulus and having its world premiere in the Midnight Madness selection at the Toronto International Film Festival 2014; for Kill Your Friendsbased on the cult satirical novel by John Niven, directed by Owen Harris and starring Nicholas Hoult, James Corden and Georgia King;  SAS: Red Notice based on the best-selling novel by Andy McNab and to be directed by Nick Love and Filth based on the cult novel by Irvin Welsh, written and directed by John S.Bird and starring James McAvoy. 

Altitude Film Sales is also representing Kill Your Friends; Big GameSAS: Red Notice based on the best-selling novel by Andy McNab and to be directed by Nick Love; Son of a Gun directed by Julius Avery and starring Ewan McGregor, Brenton Thwaites and Alicia Vikander; Blood Mountain written by Jonathan W.Stokes,a taught action adventure thriller set on the lawless terrains between Pakistan and Afghanistan,  Get Santa, a family comedy directed by Christopher Smith and starring Jim Broadbent, Rafe Spall, Ewen Bremner and Jodie Whittaker; Spooks: The Greater Good  directed by Bharat Nalluri and starring Kit Harington, Jennifer Ehle and Peter Firth; the 2014 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight selection Catch Me Daddy from leading music video and commercials director Daniel WolfeTiger House, directed by Thomas Daley and starring Kaya Scodelario, Tom Cullen and Dougray Scott; The Hallow directed by Corin Hardy  and starring Joseph Mawle and Bojana Novakovic; The Loch, to be directed by Simon Duric, written by James Watkins and Duric, and starring Peter Mullan; Outpost 37 directed by Jabbar Raisani and starring Rick Ravenello, Matthew Holmes and Reiley McClendon; Fishing Without Nets, directed by Cutter Hodierne; Bolshoi Babylon from the Oscar®-winning producer Simon Chinn, Mark Fanchetti and director Nick Read; The Last Word to be directed by Simon Rumley and starring Mike Doyle and Erin Cummings; Pulp – A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets directed by Florian Habicht; and 47 Meters Down directed by Johannes Roberts and starring Vanessa Kirkby.


Egoli Tossell Film

Egoli Tossell Film is a Berlin-based independent production company. Founded in 2001 by producers Jens Meurer and Judy Tossell, the company continues to focus on intelligent, entertaining stories for a broad international audience. Egoli Tossell Film prides itself on working with some of the film world’s most exciting talents – both at home and abroad.

The past year has seen the team trotting the globe with Simon Pegg for Peter Chelsom’s upcoming worldwide release Hector and the Search for Happiness and climbing Bavarian mountains with Samuel L. Jackson for Jalmari Helander’s action adventure BIG GAME. The company looks back proudly at the successful releases of its co-productions Filth (dir. Jon Baird) with James McAvoy and Ron Howard’s glamorous racing drama Rush.

2014/15 also promise to be exciting years for Egoli Tossell Film. This summer, the team is shooting its first German comedy: 3 Turks & a Baby. Amongst other ambitious projects, the company is currently developing Sir Walter Scott’s IVANHOE and is also proud to have new films by both Peter Chelsom and Michael Hoffman (The Last Station) on its slate.



EuropaCorp is among the top tier of European film studios. Founded in 1999, EuropaCorp’s different activities include production, distribution for cinemas, home entertainment, video on-demand services, sales of TV rights for France. The group is also present in the sale of rights internationally, as well as the production and distribution of original soundtracks. Since 2010, the group has also been producing television fiction.  EuropaCorp’s integrated financial model generates revenues from a wide range of sources. With films from a wide range of genres and a strong presence in the international market, the group has produced some of the latest French worldwide record-breaking successes. In February 2014, EuropaCorp created a U.S. distribution and marketing joint venture together with Relativity, that allows EuropaCorp to fully control it distribution in the U.S. and maximize the visibility for its films. EuropaCorp was founded by French director, screenwriter and producer Luc Besson. EuropaCorp’s catalogue includes 500 films and the company employs 150 permanent staff members. For more information go to www.europacorp-corporate.com

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.