Met with a lengthy standing ovation here in Cannes, Eran Kolirin's Cannes Un Certain Regard feature film, "The Band's Visit," is nearing a North American distribution deal after locking up pacts in international territories. Produced by July August Productions, Bleiberg Entertainment, and Sophie Dulac Productions, the film is about an Egyptian police band that gets lost in a remote Israeli town on their way to a festival.
Sony Pictures Classics is a likely buyer according to multipe sources, but the company declined to comment late Monday in Cannes. Co-producer Sophie Dulac purchased the rights for France and will release the title on eighty prints, while Mikado bought the rights in Italy and Spanish rights went to Manga. Swen-Brazil bought the rights to all Latin American territories, Madman purchased both Australia and New Zealand, Audio Visual purchased rights for Greece, and Xenix obtained the rights to Switzerland. Roman Kopelevich, VP of World Sales for Bleiberg Entertainment, negotiated all deals and Bleiberg is currently in negotiations for all other territories. [Eugene Hernandez and Ashley Adams]