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Cannes 2013 – Idris Elba’s Nelson Mandela Biopic Registers Strong International Sales

Cannes 2013 - Idris Elba's Nelson Mandela Biopic Registers Strong International Sales

The notion that black films don’t sell overseas aside, this is after all Nelson Mandela’s story we’re talking about. He’s easily one of the most recognized international figures in the world right now, so of course it’ll sell.

But maybe this also speaks to the strength of the film, despite some doubts that Idris is/was the man for the job.

I’m looking forward to seeing that first trailer.

Pathe International and Distant Horizon have done strong business on Idris Elba’s upcoming Nelson Mandela biopic, directed by Justin Chadwick, titled Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

The film has been sold to the following territories:

  • North America (The Weinstein Company)
  • UK (Pathe)
  • France (Pathe)
  • Germany (Senator)
  • Australia (Village Roadshow)
  • Scandinavia (Scanbox)
  • Benelux (Paradiso)
  • Brazil (Vinny Films)
  • Hong Kong (Golden Scene)
  • Israel (Shani)
  • Middle East (Gulf Films)
  • Singapore (Shaw).

Deals with several additional territories are currently in negotiation, so more coming.

The Weinstein Company will release the film in the USA on Thanksgiving Weekend.

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom tells the story of Nelson Mandela’s extraordinary journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his election as President of South Africa. It explores the Mandela unknown to most of the world – the lover of fast cars and women, the boxing enthusiast and playboy, the skillful lawyer and the gun-toting freedom fighter.

Commenting on the sales, Distant Horizon’s Anant Singh said: “We are thrilled that distributors around the world have responded so positively to the film and to its commercial and creative potential. The journey to getting the film made has been a long and exciting one, and we are delighted to have found so many partners who share our passion for the little known story of how Mandela became an icon for the world. Made with Mandela’s blessing, the film is an apt tribute to a great man who celebrates his 95th birthday this year.

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