Hanway has licensed Nowhere Boy to Gaga for Japan. It presold David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method to Lionsgate for U.K. Universal Pictures International (UPI) for Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain and South Africa. Picture will start in May. Mars picked it up for France, E1 for Canada, Transmission for Australia and Cineartfor Benelux. It is based on the true-life turbulent relationships between fledgling psychiatrist Carl Jung, his mentor Sigmund Freud and his patient Sabina and is adapted by screenwriter Christopher Hampton from his play The Talking Cure. Focus has North American rights. U.K. is still available. Made in Dagenham went to Ascot Elite for Switzerland, Lucky Red for Italy and Sony Pictures Classics for North America in pre-Cannes deals. Distributors also on board include ARP Sélection for France, Cineart for Benelux, Paramount Pictures International for U.K., Australia/ N.Z., Ascot Elite for Switzerland (http://www.ascot-eFlite.ch). Thirteen Assassins went to Cineart for Benelux. Mugabe and the White African sold to France’s Pretty Pictures and to First Fun Features for U.S. for a July 23 theatrical launch.
High Point Films has sold all North American rights to Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff to Strand” title=”Strand Releasing.”>Strand Releasing. The Be All and End All went to Hollywood for Scandinavia and Diva for Italy.
Hungaricom licensed a package of 5 Hungarian films to Paycom Multimedia in Spain: Chameleon, Made in Hungaria, A Kind of America,2, Immigrants, and Just Sex and Onight Else.
Huayi Brothers licensed Aftershock to Metrodome for U.K.
Icon licensed Ralph Fiennes’ directorial debut Coriolanus to Lionsgate for U.K., Savor for Spain, Top Film for CIS, Star Media for Scandinavia, TMC for Turkey, AQS for Czech Republic, Lusomundo for Portugal, Odeon for Greece, Tandem for Bulgaria, MCF Megacom for former Yugoslavia, Sena for Iceland, Prime Pictures for the Middle East, Independent for Israel, California for Latin America, Sahamongkol for Thailand, E-Stars for China, SSG for Taiwan and Golden Scene for Hong Kong.
IM Global licensed Skyline to Relativity Media and Universal for U.S. and to Wild Bunch for Germany, Momentum for U.K., SND for France, Eagle for Italy, Hopscotch for Australia, Splendid for Benelux, Vision for Poland, Nordisk for Scandinavia, CP for Russia, Korea Screen for So. Korea and Playarte for Latin America. Big Picture Reliance film Kites starring India’s Hrithink Roshan and Mexico’s Barbara Mori went to Optimum for DVD and TV in the U.K. while Reliance handles theatrical, Rapid Eye for Germany and Austria, Svensk for Scandinavia and Canal +” title=”Canal +”>Canal + for France, Icon for Australia/ N.Z., Pathe for Benelux, Impulse for Switzerland, MediaPro for Eastern Europe, Cinemax forCIS, Swen for Latin America, Forum for Israel and Nu Metro for South Africa, Gulf/ Al Nasr for the Middle East, Asian territories including City Entertainers for Hong Kong, Philippines, and Thailand; Studio Solutions Group for Taiwan; PT Amero for Indonesia, and Antenna Entertainment for Malaysia and Singapore. All the distributors acquired both versions of the film: Kites – The Remix, edited by Brett Ratner, and the original Hindi version. Deals had already been concluded before the market in traditional Bollywood territories such as Mauritius, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Middle East. Safe went to E1 for Benelux. Reliance Big Pictures’ Raavan collected 530 million rupees (US$11.7 million) from its three language versions during its June 18 opening, on 2,200 screens worldwide. Produced by Ratnam’s Madras Talkies, Reliance and IM Global, the film is set for a worldwide release in 58 countries on June 18. Icon has Australia rights, Nu Metro has South Africa and Gulf/ Al Nasr has the Middle East. It is also being set up with with big European companies like Studio Canal (France), Optimum (U.K. DVD and TV while Reliance handles theatrical) and Svensk (Scandinavia).
Raavan’s director Mani Ratnam will receive Venice Film Festival’s Glory to the Filmmaker Award this year at the Venice Film Festival.
IM Global has sold out all three RBP films in “traditional” territories. Kinowelt acquired The Apparition and The Factory for German speaking territories. Area 51 went to Paramount for North America, Concorde TMG for German speaking territories, Euro TV for TV in France, Gulf Film for the UAE, Momentum Pictures, PlayArte Filmes for Brazil, RCV Film Distribution for Benelux, Svensk Filmindustri for Scandinavia,Village Roadshow Entertainment for Australia, Village Roadshow for Greece, Zelta for Spain, IPA Asia Pacific for Vietnam, Thailand, Teleview International for the Middle East. Dark Tide sold to DeA Planeta for Spain, Andrea Leone Films for Italy, Cinesky for worldwide airlnes, Gulf Films for the Middle East, Multivision Multimedia India for India, Square One Entertainment for Germany, Studio Solutions for Taiwan, Swen Entertainment for Mexico, TMC Film for Turkey, VVS Films for Canada, Village Roadshow for Greece, Warner Bros. for the Czech Republic and Poland.
Inferno Entertainment‘s The Lost City of Z has gone to Warner Bros. for France and Germany, Entertainment for the UK, DeaPlaneta for Spain, Central Partnership for CIS, Studio Solutions for Taiwan, Scanbox for Scandinavia and Iceland, and Swen for Latin America, Italia for the Middle East, Turkey and India, Filmopolis for Greece, and Revolutionary Releasing for Eastern Europe. Paramount has North America. Offers are in for Italy and Asia and a deal is imminent in the Benelux. Arabian Nights went to Entertainment for the U.K., Hoyts for Australia, TF1 for France, and Tele-München for German speaking territories. The deals were concluded at AFM last year but have not been announced before. InTandem licensed The Kid to Revolver for U.K.. Beneath Hill 60went to Momentum for U.K. in a pre-Cannes deal. Robert De Niro starring in remake of The Killer Elite has spurred presales to Ablo for his Russian client, Amero PT for Indonesia, Concorde TMG for German speaking territories, DeA Planeta for Spain, E1 Entertainment Benelux (Benelux), Entertainment Film Distributors for U.K., Media Pro Film Distribution for Romania, Myndform for Iceland, Noori Pictures for South Korea, Splendid Filmfor Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Umut Sanat for Turkey.
Jackie Chan International had brisk sales for Chan’s most recent picture, Little Big Soldier, as well as the new slate of movies in which he will star and/or produce. Soldier went to the U.K.’s Shadowbox Media Group, Italy’s One Movie SRL, France’s Metropolitan Filmexport, Benelux’s Splendid Film and Japan’s Presidio. His upcoming star turn in Drunken Master 1945 sold to Shadowbox, the Middle East’s Gulf Film, to Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia/ Brunei. The Chan-produced The Break-Up Artist went to Shadowbox, One Movie and a host of Middle East and Asian buyers. New company Shadowbox, which is building up its DVD library, and Gulf Film also took rights to such future Chan titles as Cambodia Landmine, Tiger Mountain and Manhattan.
Kinology licensed Buried to Gaga for Japan, Hearbreaker (L’Amacouer) to IFC for U.S. after its North American premiere at the City of Lights, City of Angels Film Festival (ColCoa) in Los Angeles in a pre-Cannes deal. It will also play Tribeca FF. IFC Films will release Heartbreaker via its IFC in Theaters on demand platform the same day it opens theatrically. Its catalog titles of Rare Exports, Upside Down and Cosmopolis have not sold in the major territories. Copacabana sold well. Gregoire Melin has sold Les Films 13’s Claude Lelouch’s new film Ces amours-la in Australia, England, Russia and all of Latin America.
KMI ♀sold Snow Flower and The Secret Fan to Fox Searchlight for North America.
Le Pacte International licensed On Tour to Benelux (Victory), Switzerland (Agora), Greece (Feel Good), Portugal (Clap Filmes), Russia, CIS & Baltic States (Maywin), Finland (Cinema Mondo), Romania (Independenta), Hungary (Szuez Film), former Yugoslavia (MCF), Canada (Funfilm), Brazil (Imovision), and Taïwan (Hiatus). Deals are in the offing in U.S., U.K., and Italy. Just A Beginning, which follows a nursery school class over a period of two years as the very young kids study philosophy, has sold to Phantom Film in Japan, Madman in Australia and Hiatus in Taiwan.
Left Film Sales sold The Zombie Women of Satan to Revolver Flms for U.K.
Lightning licensed Needle to Telepool for German-speaking Europe in a pre-emptive pre-Cannes deal. It also went to Ster-Kinekor for South Africa,Playarte for Brazil and Eagle Films for Middle East were sold in pre-Cannes deals. Discussions with other distributors are ongoing for the rest of the world excluding Australia and New Zealand, where the filmmakers are in talks with distributors. The Reef sold to Germany/Austria/Switzerland (Atlas); Scandinavia (CCV); Mexico (CVT); Peru (Eurofilms); China (Fundamental); and the Philippines (Pioneer). Prior sales included Japan (Pony Canyon); UK (Momentum); France (Wild Side); Brazil (Playarte); Greece (Spentzos); Canada (Alliance Atlantis); Turkey (Umut Sanat); Middle East (Eagle); Thailand (Seven Seas); South Africa (Ster-Kinekor); Indonesia (Soundspace); Russia (The Film Depot); and Eastern Europe (Pasatiempo). Other deals are expected soon and a US buyers screening was held post Cannes. Pre-sales for action thriller Blood Hostage included Germany/Austria/Switzerland/Benelux (Splendid Film); UK (Lionsgate); Brazil (Playarte); South Africa (Ster-Kinekor); Australia (All Interactive); Russia (Cinemax); and Indonesia (PT Parkit). Mexican crime thriller Backyard sold to German-speaking territories (Atlas), Scandinavia (CCV), UK (High Fliers), Canada (Mongrel) and China (DDD Dreams). Police thriller Verso sold to Germany (Telepool), Japan (Presidio), UK (High Fliers), France (Opening), and Italy (One Movie). US/French mystery thriller The Chameleon sold to Middle East (Italia Films); Portugal (Lusomundo); Romania (New Films); and South Africa (Ster-Kinekor). Deals are in negotiation for Jonathan Hensleigh’s The Irishman.
Lionsgate licensed The Dark Fields in a pre-Cannes deal. Killers went to Gaga for Japan. Johnny Lin’s Studio Solutions Group (SSG) acquired Machine Gun Preacher and a large number of librry titles for Taiwan.