Canadian-made Hamlet film in Berlin, revisits classic Shakespeare tale

Categories: film news | Posted on Feb 7, 2012

Canadian-made “Hamlet” unspools at Berlin’s Film Market offering ambitious re-telling of classic Shakespeare tale

Montreal-based indie distributor ID Communications takes on world distribution rights

Montreal, Canada – ID Communications Inc. announces the acquisition of feature film “Hamlet” written and directed by Bruce Ramsay, ahead of its international premiere in Berlin during the European Film Market, taking place from February 9-19.
Based on the original text by William Shakespeare which traditionally runs more than 5 hours, the film sets out to engage modern audiences with the essence of Shakespeare’s time-tested story, in this rapid-paced 87 min adaptation, set in England in the 1940s.
“Why make another Hamlet?  Because audiences change but classic stories can still engage,  if the story-telling keeps up with the medium. What makes this Hamlet different then?  The essential oils are pulled from the five-hour play, and distilled into a short, sexy, and accessible version for the multi-tasking modern brain.” Says writer/director Bruce Ramsay, who also plays prince Hamlet.
Following its Canadian première at the Vancouver International Film Festival last fall, it will now be shown for the first time to an international audience of film buyers at EFM on February 9 at 3:30 pm.
“On first view, one might think a tale based on Shakespeare’s texts might be a challenge to find audiences for, in a world of film where immersive visual storylines often usurp good writing and script development.  This cinematic and fast-paced Hamlet re-affirms the value of strong underlying material, not to mention good acting which Bruce has brought us in this ensemble cast.  We believe the film has enough style pacing to connect with international audiences, beyond the obvious education market.”  says distributor Dan Shannon of ID Communications.
The film will be made available to the public at after it’s festival run.

View “Hamlet” Trailer and poster here as well as press kit and images.

About ID Communications
ID Communications inc. is a Montreal-based boutique film, television and web marketing company specialized in the area of international sales representation and distribution for film, TV, DVD and web-based properties.  For more information visit
About the Director
Bruce graduated from the Dome Professional Theater Program in Montreal and has since worked as an actor and writer in over seventy-five film, television, and theatrical productions. After acting in films with such renowned directors as Steven Soderbergh (Fallen Angels”), Roger Avary’ (“Killing Zoe”), Julie Delpy (“Looking for Jimmy”), Frank Marshall (“Alive”), and Andrew Davis (“Holes”, “Collateral Damage”), Bruce was inspired to make his directorial debut with “Hamlet” , and take on the double duty of playing the Dane as well. Bruce will next been seen in the new AMC show, “Hell on Wheels”.
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