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THE DEVIL’S VIOLINIST HITS A HIGH NOTE WITH FREESTYLE RELEASING- IN THEATERS AND VOD JAN 30TH


 

FREESTYLE AND STRYKER HIT A HIGH NOTE WITH EDGY FILM “THE DEVIL’S VIOLINIST” BASED ON REAL ROCK STAR LIFE OF ITALIAN COMPOSER NICCOLÒ PAGANINI
 
Acting debut of modern superstar violinist David Garrett to hit theaters and VOD January 30th

 

Los Angeles, CA (December 2, 2014) – Freestyle Digital Media (FDM), Freestyle Releasing and Stryker Entertainment announce today that they have picked up U.S. theatrical and VOD rights to THE DEVIL’S VIOLINIST sold by Beta Cinema; a salacious tale inspired by true events, which chronicles notorious 19th century Italian violinist and composer Niccolò Paganini, featuring superstar violinist David Garrett in his acting debut alongside U.K. acting veteran Jared Harris (LINCOLN, “Mad Men”), Joely Richardson (ANONYMOUS, “Nip/Tuck”), and Christian McKay (RUSH). Directed by Bernard Rose (IMMORTALBELOVED) and produced by Gabriela Bacher for Summerstorm Entertainment, Rosilyn Heller, Danny Krausz, and Filmhouse Germany’s Christian Angermayer, the film debuts in theaters on January 30th, 2015.
 
In 1830, violin virtuoso and notorious womanizer Niccolò Paganini (David Garrett) is at the peak of his career, acclaimed throughout Europe. His name alone suggests countless affairs and scandals – which is exactly what his manager Urbani (Jared Harris) is doing his utmost to cultivate, for it is in his interest to market his famous client the best way possible. Only the London public has yet to be conquered.
In a plan to lure Paganini to London, impresario John Watson (Christian McKay) and his mistress Elisabeth Wells (Veronica Ferres) risk all they own. Business- savvy Urbani ultimately manages to bring Paganini to the British capital, albeit against his will. And thanks to the rave reviews by journalist Ethel Langham (Joely Richardson), Urbani’s strategy seems to be working better than he imagined.

Paganini quickly takes a liking to his host’s lovely daughter Charlotte (Andrea Deck), a talented singer. This displeases Urbani, however, who fears he will lose his influence on his protégé. This turbulent tale of love, lust, power, and the lure of fame is set against a glorious score by David Garrett and co-composer Franck van der Heijden.
A previous GQ Man of the Year Award Winner (music category) and Guinness World Record holder for world’s fastest violinist, Garrett has sold millions of records to date, sold out international rock arenas, and was able to adapt his performance as Paganini based on his own unique personal experience as a renowned performer. Like Paganini, David Garrett has broken through musical frontiers to reach unprecedented and rapturous international audiences. Garrett brings his own virtuosic violin playing to the film. His extraordinary, unprecedented success as an international rock and classical virtuoso would not be possible without some of the techniques cultivated by Paganini, and thus he was thrilled to take on the unique and extraordinary biographical role of music’s first true superstar.
 
The deal was negotiated by Chris Charalambous, Head of Acquisitions for Freestyle Releasing, Dylan Sidoo of Stryker Entertainment and Beta Cinema's Dirk Schuerhoff.
 
“I am a great lover of classical music,” said Mark Borde, CEO of Freestyle Releasing. “The Devil’s Violinist is an electrifying movie and shows Paganini was truly the world’s first rock star.”
 
Recent Freestyle titles include the box office hit GOD’S NOT DEAD, TIGER EYES, the first big screen adaptation of a Judy Blume novel starring Willa Holland, and the SXSW festival favorite FUNERAL KINGS from the McManus Brothers and THE IDENTICAL starring Ashley Judd and Ray Liotta.
 
THE DEVIL’S VIOLINIST is a Summerstorm Entertainment production in coproduction with Dor Film, Construction Film, Bayerischer Rundfunk and Arte in association with Bavaria Film Partners, Bahr Productions, FilmConfect, Sky, ORF and Film House Germany. David Garrett served as Executive Producer, Veronica Ferres as Co-producer.