By Sydney Levine | Sydneys Buzz July 10, 2010 at 7:49AM
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.
SC International sold The Romantics to Wild Bunch for Germany, Paramount took North American rights.
Shoreline licensed its Dubai pickup City of Life to Gulf Films for UAE.
Sidus FNH of So. Korea presold its period action thriller The Showdown to Splendid for Germany and Benelux and to Stars Entertainment for China. Mother-and-daughter drama Wedding Dress went to Astro All Asia Multimeida Networks for Malasia and Brunei, Start for China and Nettai Museum for Japan.
Sierra's president and CEO Nick Meyer has reported a successful Cannes, closing key sales for Hanna, a teenage assassin thriller, to Focus for North America, the U.K., Australia/New Zealand, Greece, Israel, Middle East, and CIS, while SPWAG (Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group) acquired territories in continental Europe, Asia and Latin America. Sierra's slate, which includes films from Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Lakeshore and Incentive, found buyers for One for the Money and Shark Night 3D. Lakeshore's One for the Money went to to TMG (TeleMuenchen Group), and Johnny Lin's Studio Solutions Group (SSG) for Taiwan. Lakeshore licensed Lincoln Lawyer to Lionsgate for U.S. in a pre-Cannes deal. Shark Night 3D and Mother’s Day went to E1" title="E1">E1 for Benelux. Catfish closed with with Hopscotch for Australia and New Zealand, A-Film for Benelux, Audiovisual for Greece and Eagle" title="Eagle">Eagle for the Middle East. Acquisitions teams from France and Germany are circling Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman’s film, which follows a young New York photographer as he embarks on an online relationship with a Michigan girl that veers into strange and suspenseful territory. Relativity acquired North American and UK rights in a deal brokered by CAA after the world premiere in Utah and its Rogue division will release in those territories through Universal. The US release is set for September 17. Brett Ratner, Meyer’s partner in the genre label White Knuckle who championed Catfish, serves as executive producer alongside Relativity’s Ryan Kavanaugh and Tucker Tooley. Joost produced with Andrew Jarecki and Marc Smerling. It was a virtual sell out on Shark Night 3D with only Latin America, Spain, Italy and Scandinavia still on the table. WME Global represents North American rights.
SND licensed The Double Hour to Goldwyn for U.S.
Sony Pictures International will be selling Sony Pictures Classics’s Inside Job which will be 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. Sony Pictures Home Video has signed a home video output deal with Svensk for the Nordic region.
Stonebrook Entertainment licensed Open House to Lionsgate/ Grindstone.
StudioCanal licensed Princess of Montpensier to IFC for U.S. at a price not achieved in 4 years for the territory. (It is a a big budgeted film). It also sold to Optimum for U.K. and Kinowelt" title="Kinowelt">Kinowelt for Germany. Carlos went to IFC and Sundance Channel in a multiplatform release and sold out to all territories.
Submarine licensed Countdown to Zero to Dogwoof for U.K. Magnolia has U.S. Magnolis also acquired world rights to Smath His Camer from Submarine. Valentino: The Last Emperor went to Optimum and BBC for U.K., Telepool for Germany and Swiss TV, Medusa fir Italy, Nonstop for Scandinavia, Sogecable for Spain, ABC/ Cinemien for Netherlands and Dutch speaking Belgium, and HBO for Latin America.
Summit has sold out its main presale titles. The Three Musketeers went to Gaga for Japan, TF1 / UGC for France, Rai Cinema for Italy, Hoyts for Australia and New Zealand, E1" title="E1">E1 for the U.K., Aurum for Spain, Alliance for Canada, and DCA for all of Latin America. Other territories sold were CIS (CP International), Scandinavia (Svensk), Benelux (Dutch Filmworks), Greece (Odeon), Israel (United King), Thailand (Sahamongkol), Iceland (Sam Film). Summit will be releasing the film stateside. Constantin, which is producing Musketeers together with Anderson's Impact Pictures, has German rights. Entertainment Film Distributors acquired Something Borrowed for the U.K. In one of several major territory deals on the Alcon Entertainment-produced title. Impossible, based on a true story of events that took place in Thailand in 2004 after the tsunami hit the coast, written by Bayona together with his The Orphanage collaborator Sergio G. Sanchez, Warner Bros. has Spanish rights. It will be released through the company's international output deals including E1 in the U.K. and Canada, TMG in Germany, Nordisk in Scandinavia and IDC in Latin America.
Fair Game, Letters to Juliet, Terence Malick’s The Tree of Life, and Twilight: Eclipse went to Ascot Elite Entertainment for Switzerland ahead of this year’s festival. Summit also acquired North American rights for its own distribution company as well as rights for Italy, Benelux, Scandinavia, Japan and CIS. River Road is the production company and rights holder. The Tree of Life also went to Optimum
for U.K.. It was produced by Bill Pohlad through his River Road Entertainment although his U.S. distribution company Apparition did not take North American rights. River Road Entertainment, Participant Media and Imagenation Abu Dhabi financed the project. E1 acquired U.K. and Irish rights to Fair Game and The Runaways.
Telecinco Cinema licensed Verbo and Eugenio Mira’s thriller Agnosia, starring leading Spanish actor Eduardo Noriega to Aurum for Spain.
Telepool sold Cargo, The Door, Mein Kampf and Tribeca winner When We Leave to Mongrel for Canada. Cargo and The Door went to Seven Sept for France and Cargo and Mein Kampf went to CCV for Scandinavia. Brain-copy went to Kinowelt for German speaking territories.
The Match Factory's project The Future directed by Miranda July ♀, presold to Haut et Court for France. North American rights are repped by UTA. This is a coproduction between Gina Kwon of U.S., Gerhard Meixner and Roman Paul of Razor Film in Germany in cooperation with Film4 in U.K. Bal went to Olive for North America who also acquired The Milk of Sorrow and Me Too. Palme d’Or winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives went to Strand for U.S. Megacom for the ex-Yugoslavia, Filmes da Mostra for Brazil,Trigon Film for Switzerland, ArtCam for Czech Republic and Slovakia, Arthaus for Norway, BIM Distribuzione for Italy, Contact Film Cinematheek for Benelux, Filmswelike for Canada, Folkets Bio for Sweden, Hiatus for Taiwan, Karma Films for Spain, Midas Filmes for Portugal, New Wave Films for U.K., Pyramide Distribution for France, Stadtkino Verleih for Austria, Sunrise Film Distribution for Denmark, United King Films for Israel, ZDF/Arte for German and French TV as coproducers, Zeta Films for Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay. In March, Jasmila Zbanic’s ♀ Berlin competition entry On The Path (Na Patu) sold to Benelux (Cinemien); Baltic states and the CIS (Maywin Media for Russia and CIS" title="Maywin Media">Maywin Media); Colombia (Cineplex); Czech Republic and Slovakia (Aerofilms); Denmark (Ost For Paradis); France (Diaphana Distribution); Germany (Neue Visionen Filmverleih); Israel (Lev Films); Italy (Fandango); Mexico (Cine Video y TV); Norway (Fidalgo); Poland (AP Manana); Portugal (Atalanta Filmes); South Korea (Sejong Communications); Spain (Golem Distribucion); Switzerland (Trigon-Film) and Taiwan (Swallow Wings Films).
The Weinstein Company licensed Wes Craven’s Scream 4 and Piranha 3D to Ascot Elite for Switzerland in a pre-Cannes deal. Johnny Lin's Studio Solutions Group (SSG) acquired Scream 4, Bujtter and All Good Things for Taiwan
The Works licensed I Am Love (Io Sono Amor) to Cineart for Benelux and to Gutec for Poland. Boogie Woogie has sold to 21st Century for Australia and New Zealand. Russia, CIS, Kinopolis for Greece and the U.S. had previously acquired it. Glorious 39 went to E1 for U.S. Dossier K went to Lara Enterprises for ex-Yugoslavia, Nettai Museum for Japan, and 97 Productions for France. The Cove went to Rosebud for Greece, Demiurg for Ex-Yugoslavia, Dogus Media Group for Turkey.
TrustNordisk presold Susanne Bier's ♀ In a Better World Aka Revenge to Sony Pictures Classics for the U.S., Longride for Japan, Cinus for Korea, First Distributors for Hong Kong, Cineplex for Colombia and Central America and Scanorama for Lithuania which brings total to 30 territories including Universum in Germany, Frenetic in Switzerland and California Filmes in Brazil. Melancholia, the next Lars Von Trier film starring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Rampling, Stellan Skarsgaard and John Hurt has presold to Concorde in Germany and Austria, BIM Distribuzione in Italy, Frenetic in Switzerland, California Filmes for Brazil and IPA in Thailand. Juan went to Four Corners/ Wild Bunch in Benelux and Praesens Film in Switzerland. Family title Karla & Jonas went to NinetySeven in France and Ploddy The Police Car went to Jekino in Benelux and Century 21 in Iran. Suzanne Bier's ♀ Revenge went to Cineart for Benelux. A Somewhat Gentle Man went to Strand for U.S. in a pre-Cannes deal. Ollive acquired R for U.S. Easy Money went to Icon for the U.K., Madman for Australia/ N.Z. and more than 20 other territories. TN is now selling its two sequels. The Last Word went to California Filmes for Brazil.
UTV Motion Pictures has made a deal with Gravitas in U.S. for VoD rights to two UTV titles, Dev D and Kaminey, Raajneeti, which is set for theatrical release on 125 North American screens next week, Peepli Live, which screened at Sundance in January and opens theatrically in India on August 13,English language film ExTerminatorsstarring Heather Graham (The Hangover) and Amber Heard (Zombieland).has closed multiple movie output deals for some of its recent titles such as historical epic Jodhaa Akbar, Fashion and Race with leading Middle Eastern TV networks MBC, Infinity TV, Kuwait TV and Abu Dhabi TV. Jodhaa Akbar is the first Hindi film to be dubbed in Arabic to air on free-to-air, pan-Arabic network MBC, which estimates its audience at 130 million viewers. The network will also telecast other titles such as Chance Pe Dance, What’s Your Raashee, Wake Up Sid and Main Aurr Mrs Khanna over the next few months. Infinity TV, Abu Dhabi TV and Kuwait TV will air Fashion, Oye Lucky, Jodhaa Akbar, Race and Kismat Konnection and others in pre-Cannes deals.
Visit Films sold The Myth of The American Sleepover to Metropolitan in France and Filmfreak in Benelux. Discussions are ongoing for the U.K., Australia and Italy and a U.S. deal is imminent. Sorry, Thanks went to IFC for U.S. IFC Films has picked up North American, Asian, Middle Eastern and East central European rights to Aaron Katz’s mystery Cold Weather.
Wide Management has sold Gigola to K-Films Amerique in Canada. Maywin Media has the film for Russia. Nannerl, Mozart’s Sister has gone to Japan’s New Select. It has also sold two titles for DVD release: documentary titles 14-18 The Noise And The Fury to Ascot Elite for German speaking territories, and Ballerina to Blubell Film Distribution in the U.K.
Wild Bunch licensed U.S. and Australia/ New Zealand rights to Sony Pictures Classics and U.K. rights to Artifical Eye for Xavier Beauvois’ Grand Jury Prize winner Of Gods and Men which also went to Benelux (Lumiere) and Spain (Golem), Ex-Yugoslavia (MegaCom) and Metropole for French speaking Canada. Burnt By The Sun 2 went to France (UGC), Benelux (Paradiso), Spain (Golem) and Mexico (Quality) among others.. Kaboom and We Are What We Are went to IFC for U.S. Potiche went to Gaga for Japan. It presold Dog Pound and The Revelation of The Pyramids to Optimum for U.K.in a pre-Cannes deal. Blonde to star Naomi Watts as Marilyn Monroe was presold to U.K.’s Optimum and Italy’s Lucky Red. Offers are coming in for several other major territories. Pancho Villa went to Medusa in Italy and CP Digital for Russia; Cool Water, also from Kusturica, to Wild Bunch France and Wild Bunch Germany and CP Digital; Gregg Araki’s Kaboom to Wild Bunch France and Quality in Mexico; Draquila to France (Babe) and Wild Bunch Benelux; Jean-Luc Godard’s Film Socialisme to Mexico (Cinema Nuevaera), Spain (Piramide), France (Wild Bunch) and Japan (Shibata) and Fortnight title We Are What We Are to the U.K. (Artificial Eye) with three offers pending from the U.S. Cineart acquired Route Irish for Benelux, although Cineart did the deal with co-producers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s Les Films Du Fleuve, Ozon’s Potiche, and The French Housewife. E1 took Canada rights to Route Irish and Videovision took South Africa rights. E1 took French Canadian rights to Potiche and Fields of Enchantment.
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