U.S. is still sluggish about picking up rights. The small distributors are hesitant to buy and have not pitted themselves against each other in competitive bidding wars as the larger companies used to do. However, the field has become so crowded, that the quest for rights may heat up in the next markets…we’ll see by Toronto.
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U.S. RIGHTS SOLD DURING CANNES:
Bankside licensed Bran Nue Dae to Freestyle for U.S. Cinemarket’s Peter D Graves will oversee marketing in conjunction with Steven Raphael’s Required Viewing. Omnilab Media, the film’s producer is also in the P&A financing arena.
Celluloid Dreams ♀ licensed Margarethe von Trotta’s ♀ Vision to Zeitgeist for U.S. Brendan and the Secret of the Kells went to GKIDS for U.S. in pre-Cannes deals. Mao’s Last Dancer went to ATO for U.S. ATO (Art Takes Over) was a financing and production company in New York founded in 2002 by rocker Dave Matthews and run by CEO Temple Fennell. It will release 4 to 6 movies a year through its new partnership with IDP, the distribution wing of Samuel Goldwyn Films. Other principals include Jonathan Dorfman, Peter Newman and Greg Johnson. Former Cinetic Media exec Sarah Lash will head acquisitions. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment will distribute on DVD, Blu=ray, VOD and digital download.
Elle Driver ♀ licensed Rubber to Magnolia for U.S.
Hanway has presold David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method to Focus for North America. 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. Mugabe and the White African sold to First Fun Features for U.S. for a July 23 theatrical launch. Made in Dagenham went to Sony Pictures Classics for North America in a pre-Cannes deal.
Kinology licensed 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.
Pathe licensed Sony Pictures Classics all North American rights to Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist. Based on an unproduced screenplay by Jacques Tati, the film won raves when it premiered earlier this year at the Berlin Film Festival as a Berlinale Special Selection. Sony Pictures Classics previously worked with Chomet on his Academy Award-nominated film The Triplets of Bellevile.
Sainte Juste Films will release Oy Vey! My Son is Gay in U.S. and will also be represent worldwide sales. Starring Lainie Kazan, Saul Rubinek and Carmen Electra, its release on October 1, 2010 will be backed by MJ Peckos of Mitropoulos Films, Steven Raphael of Required Viewing and Susan Jackson of Turtles Crossing.
Sony Pictures International’s Sal Ledestro will be selling Sony Pictures Classics’s Inside Job screening in the Cannes Film Festival Out of Competition Special Screening slot. SPC became involved in the film more than a year and a half ago and has acquired all English language rights including North America.
The Match Factory has licensed North American rights to Semih Kaplanoglu’s Yusuf Trilogy: Yumurta (Egg) and Sut (Milk) and Berlin Golden Bear winner Bal (Honey) and San Sebastian favorite Me Too to Olive for U.S. who already acquired The Milk of Sorrow. Palme d’Or winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives went to Strand for U.S.
TrustNordisk licensed In a Better World by Suzanne Bier ♀ to SPC for U.S. Anne Thompson had this to say about the film:
There are many strong women filmmakers in the world, from Bier to Julie Taymor (The Tempest). Why have Bier and Taymor never been selected for the competition in Cannes, which included no women directors this year?
Wild Bunch licensed U.S. to Sony Pictures Classics for Xavier Beauvois’ Of Gods and Men, Kaboom. We Are What We Are went to IFC for U.S. Largo Winch 21, The Killer inside Me and Burnt by the Sun 2 went to Teleview and Vintage for Dubai.
7-57 Releasing has picked up rights to Manny Perez and Josh Crook’s Dominican action thriller La Soga from its producers. Antena Latina Films will be handling distribution in the Dominican Republic with Cynthia Wiesner of Wiesner Distribution handling Puerto Rico. Specialized Independent veterans Steven Raphael (Required Viewing) and MJ Peckos (Mitropoulos Films) will consult on all marketing and distribution elements for the North American theatrical release.