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Umedia Finances Iraq War Drama
Sand Castle Mark Gordon To Produce
Seb Edwards Makes Directorial Debut

Toby Kebbell and Nick Hoult
Headquartered in Brussels, Umedia, headed by CEO Adrian Politowski, will finance Sand Castle, and executive produce. The film is written by an Iraq war veteran based on the real events experienced by a platoon sent to repair an aqueduct in the dangerous and remote village of Baqubah, Iraq.

Nicholas Hoult and Toby Kebbell are set to star, with Mark Gordon producing and Seb Edwards, an award-winning commercials and shorts director, makes his feature directorial debut.

Commenting on the project, Adrian Politowski, CEO of Umedia, says: "Sand Castle is an amazing and gripping story transcending the genre into a powerful coming-of-age tale. Combining that quality with Mark Gordon producing, Seb directing and Nicolas Hoult starring, as well as our production partners working with the Umedia teams, this will yield an outstanding and important film."

The international sales arm of Umedia, headed by Peter Rogers based in London, is handling International sales. CAA arranged financing for the film, and is repping North American rights on behalf of the producer and filmmaker.

Sand Castle is set to shoot in October 2014 in South Africa and Italy.

During Cannes, contact Umedia at the new office address Villa Marina, 3 Square Merimee.

About Umedia
Umedia is an international film group that combines the activities of production and financing, VFX, international sales and Benelux distribution. It employs more than 100 people with offices in Brussels, London, Paris and LA. Since its inception, Umedia has produced over 200 films with a total investment of more than 330 million to date. Umedia's recent film credits include multi-Academy Award-winning The Artist, Grace Of Monaco, The Fifth Estate, The Best Offer (Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess, Donald Sutherland). Umedia just finalized the post-production on The Kidnapping Of Freddy Heineken (Anthony Hopkins, Sam Worthington, Jim Sturgess).

About The Mark Gordon Company
The Mark Gordon Company is a film and television production company whose film credits include Source Code, The Messenger, 2012, Saving Private Ryan, Day After Tomorrow, The Patriot, Talk To Me, The Painted Veil, The Hoax, Wonder Boys And Speed. Television credits include Grey's Anatomy (ABC), Ray Donovan (Showtime), Private Practice (ABC), Criminal Minds (CBS), and Army Wives (Lifetime/ABC).

Gordon is a five-time Emmy Award nominee with two wins and has been nominated for multiple Golden Globe Awards with two wins. He earned Academy Award and BAFTA nominations and won a Golden Globe for Best Picture as producer of Saving Private Ryan.

Gordon is the President of the Producers Guild of America and serves on the boards of The Archer School for Girls and the Virginia Film Festival. He is the former chairman of Teach for America Los Angeles and has served on the boards of The UCLA Lab School, Chrysalis, and The Motion Picture and Television Fund. Gordon is the founder of Citizens of the World Charter Schools. Gordon is a co-founder of Intern Sushi, an innovative online resource that reinvents the internship application and hiring process.
 
 

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