Margin Call — which was exec produced by Cassian Elwes who is repping with UTA for the U.S. — screened for press and industry today and was the scene of a small though intensely angst-ridden uproar as industryites were shut out after waiting on line for an hour. Some in the closed-out crowd claimed attendees were specially selected to enter in order to make the U.S. sale especially hot. Those unable to see the film included press members scheduled to interview talents in the film and many of the smaller distributors. To name a few I saw lingering outside, trying to decide what to do next, since attending the next few films was now out of the question, there was Paul Federbbush, Marcus Hu, Richard Abramowitz, Mark Fishkin and at least 10 others. The nearby Yarrow was quite a scene filled with indignation which turned into shop talk until the film finished. As Cassian sailed through the lobby looking ecstatic, I mentioned the ire and he said he had asked for an early P&I screening since the premiere (of the Premiere film) was scheduled for next Tuesday when many people would have left and he was given a small 100 seat room at Holiday Village. Some people claimed he preferred it this way as it sparked the competitive spirit among powerful distributors. Can’t wait to hear about the bidding war this might ignite.
Margin Call starring Kevin Spacey, directed by JC Chandor
It’s no mystery that the film will sell, as the international sales agent Myriad, has already pre-sold a myriad of territories at Toronto and the AFM. The film will also show at the Berlin Film Festival in February. For those interested in international territories sold, see below the jump.
Margin Call sold off a promo reel to at least 17 territories during AFM, including to Degeto and Koch Media for Germany, Rai Cinema for Italy and Becker in Australia. Deals also closed in Scandinavia (Svensk), Mexico (Gussi), Brazil (Paris Filmes), Canada (Alliance), Argentina (Distribution Co), Latin America (Videx), Peru (Eurofilms), China (DDDream), Russia (CD Land), Poland (Monolith), Middle East (Eagle), Turkey (D Productions), Ukraine (Aurora), former Yugoslavia and Romania (P4M) and Star TV for pan-Asian pay-TV.