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To begin with ioncinema’s The Buyer’s Club: Top 20 Films for Sale at TIFF 2010 (for U.S. rights) in Toronto seems as good a place to begin as any. In this upcoming Rights Roundup for the Fall Festivals and Markets, I’ll mark ion’s chosen titles and we’ll watch the sales on them as much as possible.
I am listing all the ISAs who are here in Toronto or who have reported rights sold in Cannes, however I am only highlighting those currently with films in the fall festivals or whose film sales hit the trades during these days. The list will swell as we get to AFM and will be updated with bold lettering. Since I begin with Toronto, covering much of Venice,Telluride, Locarno and Montreal as well, and since I will keep updating the document through AFM, eventually the report will be too large for this blog and I will move it to another link by the time AFM rolls around in November. Another way to keep up year round is to use Cinando.
20 picks by Ion for U.S. Acquisitions:
Out of the hundred plus available titles, only a quarter of those can expect some kind of distribution deal, so unless they’re shopping for docu items such as Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams and Morris’ Tabloid or foreign language offerings such as, I Saw the Devil and Little White Lies, the films that should receive the most buzz should be the following list of twenty English language film titles — with the top three titles looking like bona fide award season contenders…
Beginners ISA: tbd
Rabbit Hole ISA: Affinity. LionsGate picked up North American rights from CAA who was repping No. American rights. CDE Videa has Italy.
Meek’s Cutoff ISA: Cinetic
The Bang Bang Club ISA: E1
Barney’s Version ISA: Essential: It sold out the gate to Sony Pictures Classics for U.S.! Day 3 Toronto sold to Universal for Spain and U.K. Medusa has Italy.
John Carpenter’s The Ward ISA: FilmNation
Ceremony ISA: FilmNation
The Conspirator ISA: Focus. Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions acquired U.S. distribution rights on Day 7 TIFF. Lionsgate acquired a 43% interest in Roadside three years ago, and the companies collaborated last year on the release of The Cove. CAA repped No. American rights.
The First Grader ISA: Goldcrest
SUPER IFC is said to have paid 7 figures for U.S. HanwWay Films has sold the film in 15 foreign territories including: Croatia (MG Film) Italy (M2 Pictures), Australia (Village Roadshow), and Scandinavia (Svensk). It was repped by UTA and WME. ISA: HanWay. (word on the street: Well liked)
Vanishing on 7th Street ISA: IM Global
Everything Must Go ISA: IM Global. ICM and CAA are co-repping U.S. rights.
What’s Wrong With Virginia ISA: Inferno
Trust ISA: NuImage CAA and Gersh are co-repping No. American rights. (word on the street: Very good and very tough to watch)
Henry’s Crime ISA: Parlay. CAA and Cassian Elwes are representing the U.S. rights.
Dirty Girl ISA: The Salt Co sold to The Weinstein Co. for $3.4 million for English language territories including South Africa, and for France. Deal was brokered by WME and Susan Jackson’s Freestyle Releasing.
Passion Play ISA: Sierra
Brighton Rock ISA: StudioCanal
Janie Jones ISA: Unified Pictures
The Whistleblower ISA: Voltage. WME is repping U.S.
RIGHTS ROUND UP – Locarno, Venice, Telluride, Toronto, AFM
FILMS WITH NO ISA:
Beginners by Mike Mills (U.S.) TIFF World Premiere. Contact producer Leslie Urdang at +1 310 452 3335.
Dhobi Ghat by Kiran Rao ♀ (India), TIFF World Premiere. It is tipped to be India’s submission for Best Foreign Language Nomination for Academy Awards. Contact is Aamir Khan Productions
Lope directed by Andrucha Waddington (House of Sand ) (Brazil/ Spain), TIFF North American Premiere after its Venice debut. Co-producer and distributor Conspiração Filmes has Brazil. Producer Ikiru is seeking an ISA. As a distributor it also has Spain. Wild Bunch has France.
Megan is Missing was picked up by Anchor Bay from Paradigm.
Melody for a Street Organ ♀ , Contemporary World Cinema World Premiere. Production Co. is Sota
Mothers by Milcho Manchevski (Bulgaria/ France/ Macedonia) is having its World Premiere. Cine Sud is the producer.
The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town, TIFF World Premiere by Grammy and Emmy Award-winning filmmakerThom Zimny (U.S.) takes us into the studio with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band for the recording of their fourth album.
Score: A Hockey Musical by Michael McGowan (Canada), TIFF World Premiere. Canadian rights are with Mongrel Media.
INTERNATIONAL SALES AGENTS (As per Cannes 2010), Those with films in Toronto are boldfaced.
Rabbit Hole , TIFF World Premiere and #1 on the ioncinema list of salable properties for U.S. LionsGate picked up North American rights from CAA who was repping No. American rights. Pre-Toronto, Post-Cannes it has presold to Diamond Pictures for Argentina, CDE Videa for Italy, Haut et Court for France, Mars for Turkey, Noori Pictures for So. Korea, Paris Filmes for Brazil,Sun Distribution for Latin America.
Shlomi Eldar’s Israeli documentary Precious Life went to Mongrel for Canada, Memento for France, Switzerland and Belgium, Imagine for The Netherlands. HBO acquired the U.S. rights two days before its Toronto slot in the Real To Reel section. International rights are co-repped by Cinephil.
Jack Goes Boating, TIFF International Premiere after its Sundance premiere . Pre-Toronto sold to Overture Films for U.S., Aerofilms for Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Celluloid Dreams and Los Angeles-based XYZ Films joint partnership, Celluloid Nightmare, represents worldwide rights on the thriller A Horrible Way to Die premiering in TIFF’s Vanguard program picked up for North America by Anchor Bay., North American rights on the documentary Machete Maidens Unleashed!, for which Australian Broadcasting Commission has Australian rights, and international rights on Fubar II. Film Movement acquired U.S. rights to I Want To Whistle, I Whistle (Eu Cand Vreau Sa Fluier, Fluier). It has also sold to Leopart for Russia, Atom Cinema for Taiwan and Artificial Eye for U.K.
D Street Media
Julia’s Eyes aka Los Ojos de Julia, TIFF World Premiere and then on to Sitges FF. Pre-Toronto, sold to Cinema Mondo for Finland, Optimum and Universal Pictures International for U.K., Dark Light Media for China, Independenta for Romania, Kinowelt for Germany, Universal Pictures International for Spain and France.
The Bang Bang Club (Canada),World Premier Gala. Pre-Toronto,E1 sold to, (among others) Nutopia for Greece, Falcon Films for Lebanon and Pinnacle Films for Australia.
Incendies by Denis Villeneuve (Canada) is having its North American Premiere. Day 5 Toronto sold to Sony Pictures Classics for U.S., and numerous other territories, including Happiness Distribution (France), Arsenal (Germany), Cineart (Benelux), Lucky Red (Italy), Filmcoopi (Switzerland), Shani Films (Israel) and ECS (Middle East). During Venice it sold to Lucky Red for Italy.
Rio Sex Comedyby Jonathan Nossiter (Brazil/ France) is having its World Premiere. Cinetic is acting as producer’s rep for U.S. Tambellini Filmes has Brazil.
Trigger by Bruce McDonald (Canada) is having its World Premiere. E1 also has Canadian rights.
Monte Hellman’s Road to Nowhere was picked up by Capricci for France and United King for Israel.
Barney’s Version.Day 3 Toronto sold to Universal for Spain and U.K. Post Telluride Sony Pictures Classics acquired U.S. rights. Medusa has Italy. Pre-Toronto E1 acquired Canadian rights.
Maple Pictures acquired all Canadian rights to Little White Lies. Pre-Toronto, Little White Lies presold to Agora for Switzerland. EuropaCorp and Canal + have France, Cineart has Benelux.
The Big Picture directed by Eric Lartigau (France), TIFF its World Premiere.
MPI Media Group has acquired all North American rights to Hammer Films thriller Wake Wood.
Let Me In , TIFF World Premiere. Based on the best-selling Swedish novel Lat den Ratte Komma (Let The Right One In), and the highly-acclaimed film of the same name. Pre-Toronto sales to Aurum for Spain, Icon / Dendy for Australia/ N.Z. and U.K, Front Row for the Middle East, Castello Lopes for Portugal, Continental for Croatia.
Let Me In
Kitao Sakurai’s Argentinian-U.S. film Aardvark, a Locarno selection, sold to Aquelarre for Spain.
Summer of Goliaith won best film in Venice Orrizonti.
Half of Oscar, Marimas from Ehll are two other official TIFF selections.
Looper sold to SND for France, E1 for U.K. and Benelux, Village Roadshow for Australia/ N.Z., Pop for Russia, Revolutionary for Eastern Europe, Odeon for Greece, Sam for Iceland, , The King’s Speech TIFF North American Premiere after its sneak in Telluride. (word on the street: very positive) Its ISA is FilmNation , though last week it was The Weinstein Co. Both share it on Cinando.com. It has already sold by to Momentum for U.K. Transmission for Australia/ N.Z., Ascot Elite for Switzerland, The Weinstein Co. for No. America, Cascade Film for Russia, IPA Asia Pacific for Thailand, Prorom for Romania.
Film Sales Co
Repeaters (U.S.) TIFF World Premiere.
Balada Triste (The Last Circus) aka A Sad Trumpet Ballad by Álex de la Iglesia (Spain/ France), TIFF World Premiere, Pre-Toronto went to Magnolia for U.S. and Warner Bros. has Spain.
Deep in the Woods , TIFF North American Premiere after Locarno, pre-Toronto was sold to Agora for Switzerland and Les Films du Losange for France.
L’Amour Fou (Yves St. Laurent), TIFF World Premiere, Pre-Toronto went to Phantom for Japan, Chantier for Turkey, Noviy Disk for Russia/ CIS, Shapira for Israel, Cinemein for theatrical and TV and Homescreen HV for Benelux HV, ABC for theatrical and TV in Belgium and Luxembourg, Telepool for German speaking territories, Serendip for Brazil, NonStop for Scandinavia and Q Media for Italy and in a pre-Cannes deal to Optimum for U.K. Frenetic has Switzerland.
First Hand Films
Magnolia Pictures has picked up North American rights to Chawz for its genre label, Magnet. Hahaha, a prize-winner in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard sold to Les Acacias for France, P&I Distribution for former USSR territories and Emphasis Entertainment for worldwide in-flight rights. This is in addition to a previous deal with Catchplay for Taiwan. Poetry sold to Mokep for Hungary, Edko Films for Hong Kong and Emphasis Entertainment for worldwide in-flight rights. These sales are in addition to post-Cannes deals with Diaphana (France), Kino-Lorber (US), Golem (Spain), and Lumiere (Benelux). Carancho in Toronto’s Contemporary World Cinema section premiered in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard this year, and sold to Golem for Spain, Strand Releasing for US, and Clipartfilms for Greece.I Saw The Devil sold to Magnolia for No. America. It was a TIFF North American Premiere after its Pusan FF debut. Next, it goes to San Sebastian. Pre-Toronto, it was presold off of its 12 minute footage in Cannes Market to France’s ARP and to England’s Optimum, Taiwan’s Catchplay and Turkey’s Bir. It is scheduled for Korean release in summer this year. French distributor ARP previously released Kim’s last film, The Good, The Bad, The Weird, which premiered in an out of competition slot at Cannes in 2008.
22nd of May. Pre-Toronto sold to Cineart for Benelux.
The Conspirator. Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions acquired U.S. rights on day 7 at TIFF. CAA repped No. American rights. Before its TIFF World Premiere presold to Distribution Co. for Argentina, Ascot Elite for Switzerland, Bir for Turkey, IPA Asia Pacific for Thailand.
Another Year Pre-Toronto went Sony Pictures Classics for U.S., Monopole Pathe for Switzerland, Prokino for Germany Momentum for U.K. and E1 for Benelux.
Biutiful had its North American Premiere at Telluride. Pre-Toronto, it sold to Roadside Attractions (through CAA) and Liddell Entertainment for U.S. At its Cannes premiere it sold to Sun Distribution for LatAm territories. In Italy and Spain, it went to Focus’ parent company Universal. It also sold to Canal +-owned Optimum for the U.K., and Prokino for German speaking territories, A-Film for Benelux, ARP for France and Nordisk for Scandinavia, Castello Lopes for Portugal, Serenity for Taiwan and IPA for Thailand, Edko for Hong Kong, Maple for Canada, Shani Films for Israel, Odeon for Greece and Monopole Pathe for Switzerland, Kino Swiat for Poland. Final negotiations ongoing for Japan and Australia/ N.Z.
The Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen, aka Jing mo fung wan: Chen Zhen by Andrew Lau aka Wai-keung Lau (Hong Kong) TIFF North American Premiere after its world premiere in Venice. Sales Representatives are Media Asia for Asia and Focus for the rest of the world. Sales were made to Well Go for U.S. Focus presold it to Optimum for U.K. in a pre-Cannes deal.
Reign of Assassins, co-directed and produced by John Woo sold to California Filmes for Brazil and Madman for Australia/ N.Z. The film will hit theatres in China Sept 28. The film has already sold to The Weinstein Company for North America and South Africa, Metropolitan for France, Wild Bunch for Germany, Lionsgate for the U.K., United King for Israel, Lusomundo for Portugal, Film Depot for the CIS, Boogee Younghwa for Korea, Falcon for the Middle East, Umut for Turkey, Impuls for Switzerland, Vision for Poland and Discovery for the Former Yugoslavia after its World Premiere at Venice. Next stop is Pusan.
Norweigan Wood, TIFF North American Premiere. Day 5 Toronto Pretty Pictures acquired French rights. Other offers are in from the U.K., Scandinavia, Switzerland, Balkans and China. >Previous deals are Pandora Film for Germany, Vertigo Films for Spain, Lumiere Distribution for Benelux, Lusomundo Film for Portugal, CP Digital for CIS, Vision for Poland, Edko for Hong Kong, Serenity for Taiwan, Cathay for Singapore, Mongkol for Thailand, Galaxy for Vietnam, United King for Israel and HBO Olé for Latin America.Pre-Toronto, was licensed to Asmik Ace, Toho and Fuji Television Network for Japan, Aerofilms for the Czech Republic, Lumiere for Benelux, PCV for Greece, Serenity Entertainment International for Taiwan , Vértigo Films for Spain.
Last Night by Massy Tadjedin ♀ TIFF World Premiere and then to Rome FF. CAA is re-selling the U.S., Australia/ N.Z. and U.K. rights which had been held by Miramax. Gaumont is distributing it in France. It has been on the market since AFM 2008 for presales and Pre-Toronto had alsready sold to Ard/ Degeto for Germany, Star Entertainment for India, Leopolis ford Russa, Filma for Turkey, Benelux Film Distributors for Benelux, Monopole-Pathé for Switzerland, Vertice Cine for Spain, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures for Argentina, FS Film Oy for Finland, IPA Asia Pacific for Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand, Medusa Distribuzione for Italy, Odeon for Greece.
Casino Jack World Premiere. First day of Toronto: ATO (Art Takes Over) has acquired U.S. theatrical rights and plans a late December release. ATO releases its films theatrically through its partnership with Samuel Goldwyn Films in the distribution entity, IDP (Independent Distribution Partners). The two companies currently have Mao’s Last Dancer. It presold during Cannes where to E1 for Canada, Eagle for the Middle East, Hollywood C.E. for Czech Republic, Inter Medya Hizmetleri Ticaret for Romania, Lusomundo for Portugal, MG Film for Croatia, Monolith for Poland , Soyuz for Russia, Spentzos for Greece, Swen for Colombia, Paraguay and Uruguay, Wide Pictures for Spain. In Toronto, CAA had sold the U.S. rights to James Schramm’s Metropolitan Inc., but that deal fell through a few weeks ago and so CAA, Rollercoaster’s Gary Howsam and Hannibal were pulling out all the plugs in Toronto to line up a U.S. sale. They got it!!
SUPER is said to have sold to IFC for 7 figures for U.S. Hanway Films has sold the film in 15 foreign territories including: Italy (M2 Pictures), Australia (Village Roadshow), MG Film for Croatia, and Scandinavia (Svensk). UTA and WME repped North American rights.
Made In Dagenham, TIFF World Premiere. Pre-Toronto saw sales to Sony Pictures Classics for North America and Lucky Red for Italy, in pre-Cannes deals. It had been tipped for Cannes. Distributors also on board include Ascot Elite for Switzerland, ARP Sélection for France, Cinéart for Benelux, Paramount Pictures International for U.K., and Australia/ N.Z.
Peep World, TIFF World Premiere, directed by Barry W. Blaustein (U.S.) and produced by Keith Calder of Occupant Film (The Wackness). Madman picked up Australia/ N.Z. CAA is repping No. American rights.
Blue Valentine, TIFF Canadian Premiere. After its Sundance and Cannes premieres it went to Cinematografica Distributori Indipendenti (CDI), The Weinstein Co. for U.S. , Front Row for Middle East, Palace for Australia/ N.Z., Seven Films for Greece.
Insidioussold to SPWA for North America rights in a 7 figure deal brokered with CAA and Paradigm. SPWA has also made a p&a commitment for a theatrical release on 800-1,000 screens. It has already sold to Wild Bunch for France, Ascot Elite for Switzerland, Filmauro for Italy, Korea Screen for So. Korea and Top Film for the Ukraine.
Everything Must Go, TIFF World Premiere. ICM and CAA are co-repping U.S. rights.
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, TIFF North American Premiere. Pre-Toronto, rights were licensed to Videovision for South Africa and to Sony Pictures Classics for North America in a pre-Cannes deal. Alfa Films has Argentina, Central Partnership Ukraine has Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Concorde Filmverleih has Germany, Frenetic Films has Switzerland, Medusa has Italy, Paradiso Entertainment has Benelux, Scanbox Entertainment has Scandinavia, Sony Pictures Classics has No. America, Sun Distribution has Latin America including Cuba and Mexico, Warner Bros. has France, Lusomundo has Portugal, Paris Filmes has Brazil, Prorom Media-Trade has Romania.
What’s Wrong With Virginia by Dustin Lance Black (U.S.) is having its World Premiere. It had been tipped for Cannes. CAA is repping for U.S. Pre-Toronto sold to Seven for Greece.
What’s Wrong With Virginia
Jackie Chan International
Kathy Morgan Int’l
Kevin Williams Associates
Sarah’s Keys (Elle s’appellait Sarah) went to The Weinstein Co. for U.S. Madman has Australia/ N.Z. and UGC has France.
Buried, TIFF Canadian Premiere. Since its Sundance premier, UTA sold U.S. to Lionsgate. has sold to Warner Bros. for India (according to IMDbPro), Ascot Elite for Switzerland and Germany, GAGA for Japan, Warner Bros. for Spain, Fundamental Films for China, Icon Film Distribution for Australia, Imagem for Brazil, Maple for Canada Sergei Yershov’s Film Depot for CIS, and U.K., Long Shong for Taiwan, Moviemax for Italy, Scanbox Entertainment for Scandinavia.
Sarah’s Key aka Elle s’appelait Sarah, TIFF World Premiere and then heads to San Sebastian FF. The Weinstein Company has acquired U.S. rights on September 11. Pre-Toronto, it has presold it to Madman for Australia/ N.Z., Ephraim Gilad & Co. and Nachshon Films have Israel, and UGC has France.
Le Pacte International
The Solitude of Prime Numbers sold to Spain (Alta), Benelux (Cinemien), Switzerland (Coopi), Israel (New Cinema), Czech Republic (Aero Film), Ex-Yugoslavia (MCF). A U.K. deal is pending. The French-Italian-German co-production will be released by Bavaria in Germany, Medusa in Italy (it is already off to a strong start at the box office after a Sept 10 launch), and Le Pacte in France.
The Locarno title Man At Bath (Homme Au Bain) sold to Benelux (Lumiere) with UK, German and U.S. deals likely to close later this week.
Cannes prizewinner On Tour has further sales to Australia (Aztec), Czech Republic (DNC), Hungary (Suez), ex Yugoslavia (MCF), Italy (Nomad) and UK (Artificial Eye).
I’m Still Here, TIFF North American Premiere after its Venice debut. It’s being repped by William Morris Endeavor. Magnolia is both ISA and U.S. distributor and D Films has Canada. Magnolia has previously sealed deals with Optimum for the UK, Roadshow for Australia and New Zealand.
Mandragora International (tel: +33 6 80 22 71 28)
The Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen, aka Jing mo fung wan: Chen Zhen, TIFF North American Premiere after its world premiere in Venice. Sales Representatives are Media Asia for Asia and Focus for the rest of the world. Pre-Toronto sales were made to Well Go for U.S., Media Asia Distribution for Hong Kong, Shaw for Singapore, Long Shong Entertainment Multimedia Company for Taiwan . Media Luna : www.medialuna.biz
Silent Souls North American Premiere in Toronto’s World Contemporary Cinema after showing in Venice.
The Debt TIFF North American Premiere. Might be problematic as a Miramax owned film held in No. America by Miramax and in Argentina by Disney and presold to Audio Visual for Greece.
The Housemaid TIFF North American Premiere, after its Cannes Premiere, and screening in Melbourne. Pre-Toronto it was sold to IFC Films for U.S., Pretty Pictures for France, Long Shong Entertainment Multimedia Company for Taiwan, Madman for Australia / N.Z., Sidus for So. Korea.
Good Neighbours, TIFF World Premiere. Pre-Toronto sales to Alliance for Canada, Eagle for the Middle East.
Image Entertainment has acquired all U.S. rights to Every Day starring Helen Hunt and Liev Schreiber and will release it theatrically January 2011. Alliance Entertainment will distribute in Canada. The film debuted recently in Deauville.
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