Alamo Drafthouse Launches Film Distribution Company, First Release To Be Chris Morris’ Four Lions

As a fan of film, as I’m assuming any and all of you reading this also would be, there are very few things on this planet that I would rather do than spend a day watching films at any cinephiles Mecca, The Alamo Drafthouse.

Well, after backing film festivals like SXSW & Fantastic Fest, and just becoming the beacon of anything and everything film geek, the Drafthouse is set to make a splash in a far different game.

According to a press release issued on Thursday, The Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League has announced that he is expanding his brand, into a brand new film distribution arm, Drafthouse Films.   The company’s first release? The hotly talked about comedy, Four Lions, from director Chris Morris.

Here’s the film’s synopsis:

In a British city, four men have a secret plan. Omar (Riz Ahmed) is disillusioned about the treatment of muslims around the world and is determined to become a soldier. This is the most exciting idea Waj (Kayvan Novak) has ever heard. Better still it’s a no brainer because Omar does his thinking for him. Opposed to Omar and everyone else on earth is the white islamic convert Barry (Nigel Lindsay). He’d realize he joined the cell to channel his nihilism ‘“ if he had half the self knowledge of a duck. Faisal (Adeel Akhtar) is the odd man out. He can make a bomb ‘“ but he can’t blow himself up just now coz his sick dad has ‘started eating newspaper’. Instead he’s training crows to fly bombs through windows. This is what Omar has to deal with. They must strike a decisive blow on their own turf but can any of them strike a match without punching himself in the face?

The film has been making the rounds on the festival circuit, and has been rather well received.   It’s been one that I’ve been keeping a rather keen eye on, so this is really great, and interesting news.   The Drafthouse has been a champion of anything and everything indie since its inception, and has become known as ‘the best theater in America,’ as it was named by EW.



For more information on this release, and anything revolving around the new distribution company, head over to DrafthouseFilms.com for more information.

Source: Drafthouse Films

To hear Travis and Rudie discuss Four Lions, check out the MiniDisc episodes from this past year’s Sundance Film Festival.

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