VANCOUVER / March 7, 2019:Thunderbird Entertainment Group Inc. (TSXV:TBRD) (“Thunderbird” or the “Company”), a global multiplatform entertainment company, is pleased to announce that its releasing division, Thunderbird Releasing, will be distributingSara Colangelo’s award-winning drama The Kindergarten Teacher, across the UK and Ireland. Following its UK debut at the 2018 London Film Festival, the film arrives in theatres on Friday, March 8, 2019. The film will open in key venues in London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dublin and various others across the UK and Ireland.
The Kindergarten Teacheris being supported by Birds’ Eye View, a UK-based agency campaigning for gender equality in film; as part of the Reclaim The Frameseries, which is dedicated to highlighting films by women to build a more balanced film future. With International Women’s Day around the corner on March 8, the film’s release has special significance as part of the day’s celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world.
Starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Gael Garcia Bernal, the dramatic film focuses on a teacher who discovers her young student (Parker Sevak) may be a poetic prodigy, and goes to extraordinary lengths to nurture his talent. Written and directed by Colangelo, the film scooped the U.S Dramatic Directing prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018, amid fierce competition from Bo Burnham, Paul Dano and Boots Riley, among others.
“We’re hugely proud to be staging this significant theatrical release of Sara Colangelo’s remarkable film, The Kindergarten Teacher,with an arguably career best performance from Maggie Gyllenhaal,” says Edward Fletcher, Managing Director of Thunderbird Releasing. “Responses to the film from the theatres and critics alike have been fantastic and we’re delighted to be able to share it with audiences across the UK & Ireland.”
Early reviews for the film are overwhelmingly positive, with Jordan Hoffman of the Guardian calling it a “brilliantly observed ethical pretzel”and Tim Grierson of Screen International calling Maggie Gyllenhaal’s performance “superbly enigmatic.”
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About Thunderbird Entertainment Group Inc.
Thunderbird Entertainment Group is a Vancouver-based global multiplatform entertainment company with offices in Vancouver, Los Angeles, Toronto, Ottawa and London. Thunderbird creates award-winning scripted, unscripted and animated programming for the world’s leading digital platforms, as well as Canadian and International broadcasters. Thunderbird’s vision is to produce high quality, socially responsible content that makes the world a better place. The Company develops, produces and distributes animated, factual and scripted content through its various divisions, including Atomic Cartoons, Great Pacific Television, Thunderbird Productions and Thunderbird Releasing Limited.
About Thunderbird Releasing
Thunderbird Releasing is an all-rights film distribution company based in London and part of the Thunderbird Entertainment Group. Recent releases include the Palme d’Or winning Shoplifters, and Lee Chang-dong’s Burningas well as Toni Erdmann, Paterson, A Quiet Passion,My Life as a Courgetteand the documentary David Lynch: The Art Life.
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