MOOMINS ON THE RIVIERA going theatrical in Australia, New Zealand and Benelux
Handle Productions press release
The hand drawn animation feature Moomins on the Riviera will be taken to cinemas in Australia and New Zealand in September 2015 by Madman Entertainment. “I’m more than happy to be part of the extended Moomin family”, comments Paul Wiegard, the managing director of Madman Entertainment.
Jean-Marie Verhasselt at Victory Productions will bring the film to theaters in Belgium, Holland and Luxemburg. It was announced earlier this month that Vertigo will bring the film to the UK theaters in May 2015. Vertigo’s Rupert Preston said: “We are thrilled to be bringing the Moomins to UK audiences – they have a huge fan base here and both adults and children will love the movie.”
A Finnish-French co-production, the film is directed by Xavier Picard and produced by Hanna Hemilä. In the midst of a massive world-wide centennial celebration commemorating the beloved Finnish author, artist and illustrator Tove Jansson, the world premiere of MOOMINS ON THE RIVIERA in October, 2014 kicked off an impressive theatrical release In Finland: 160.000 viewers have seen the film in Finland so far. In February 2015, Gebeka Films will launch the film in theaters in France, Phantom in Japan and Praesens in Switzerland. The film has been sold to nearly 40 countries.