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Rights Roundup Winter Season: Sundance, Rotterdam, Berlin

by Sydney Levine
March 25, 2011 4:18 AM
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You can download and access Winter Rights Roundup (Deals done in Berlin, Rotterdam, Sundance) here. Ventana Sur is thrown in for good measure along with whatever else until we begin the 2011 Spring and Cannes Rights Roundup.

The past 2010 Fall Festival and Market Rights Roundup is available for reference here.

In case the links do not work (I cannot make them work all the time, nor, it seems can IndieWIRE), here is the unlinked version below the jump.

The readers comments, additions and corrections are encouraged!!

Rights Roundup Winter: Sundance, Rotterdam, Berlin 2011

Rotterdam and Berlin market titles are in bold as are all acquisitions made since then.

TRENDS:>

100 of 385 worldwide films at Berlinale were made with German participation (Variety Day 8 2/17/11). Of 22 films in main Competition, 10 are German co-productions.

Art filmmakers are looking to reinvent themselves to find broader markets.

Distributors are bringing in actors and directors to go on the road with film openings in a new marketing ploy to make picture going an event rather than an every day occurrence.

INTERNATIONAL SALES AGENTS A-Z
Adriana Chiesa
Lost Kisses (I baci mai dati)/ Italy (Director: Roberta Torre ♀ ; Screenwriters: Roberta Torre and Laura Nuccilli) — A 13-year-old girl in the deprived outskirts of a sprawling Sicilian city becomes a local celebrity to her needy community when word spreads that she just might be able to perform miracles. Cast: Donatella Finocchiaro, Pino Micol, Giuseppe Fiorello, Carla Marchese, Martina Galletta, Tony Palazzo. International Premiere Sundance FF.
The Flowers of Kirkuk went to Alcine Terran in Japan, California Filmes for Brazil, Quality Films for Mexico, Columbus for Switzerland.

Aktis
Woman With a Broken Nose went to Sherlock Films for Spain.

Autlook/Films Transit
Two sales agents joining forces to sell Position Among the Stars and !Women Art Revolution.

AV Group
taken worldwide rights to The Mortician

Bankside
The Caller sold to Scanbox for Scandinavia.
You Instead premiering at Glasgow before going to SXSW, went to Icon for U.K, Wild Bunch struck a multi-territory deal for rights in France, Benelux, Spain and Germany Other deals include Australia/ New Zealand (Hopscotch), CIS and Baltics (Volga), Hong Kong (Golden Scene), Israel (Shani), Poland (Vivarto), South Korea (Pan), Thailand (Sahamonkolfilm), Turkey (Umut Sanat) and airlines (Jaguar).
Innocence presold at EFM to Videovision for So. Africa and Umut Sanat for Turkey.


Bavaria
Jane’s Journey went to Wanda for Spain, Swallow Wings for Taiwan, Animal Planet has U.S. TV. Bavaria has German speaking rights.


Beta
Goethe! sold to Music Box for U.S., Gaga for Japan, Atlantic for Scandinavia, and Daisy Entertainment for South Korea.
Vincent Wants to Sea sold to Corinth Films for U.S., Umbrella Entertainment for Australia/New Zealand, Constantin for Germany, Sejong for So. Korea, Shani for Israel
The Day I Was Not Born sold to Metropolitan for France, Mongrel Media for Canada, Orlando for Israel. Schwartz Weiss has Germany.
The End is my Beginning sold to Fandango for Italiy and Isaan Entertainment for Spain.
In Darkness
My Best Enemy

Celluloid Nightmare (a subsidiary of Celluloid Dreams)
X sold to IFC Midnight coming out of AFM. It has also sold to the U.lK., Canada and Germany.
Trinity Filmed Entertainment bought UK theatrical rights to Red White and Blue (deal also negotiated with Aram Tertzakian).

Cinece
The production company of Chilean Adrian Solar sold The Life of Fish to Vertigo for Spain, Eye for Benelux and Brazil. Arte has France and Germany. Much of Eastern Europe has also been sold.


Cinema Management Group
BUCK by Cindy Meehl ♀ acquired at Sundance.


Cinetic
Joined forces for worldwide sales with Luc Roeg's London-based Independent. To be branded Cinetic at Independent, and at EFM will see to sales of Exit Through the Gift Shop, Abel,Holy Rollers and Meek's Cutoff which will be released in April in the U.S. through Oscilloscope. Cinetic will rep Independent's slate in the U.S. which includes Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin, backed by BBC Films and toplining John C. Reilly and Tilda Swinton. It has U.K. distribution through Artificial Eye and Benelux distribution through Wild Bunch.
Pariah, directed and written by Dee Rees ♀ was picked up for worldwide representation by Focus for some 7 figure amount. The acquisition includes a deal for Rees to write and direct a feature for Focus, which has been the object of some speculation given their new ownership under Comcast’s NBC Universal. It also won Excellence in Cinematography Award: Dramatic: cinematographer: Bradford Young.
To Live for Ever went to Variance for U.S.
Catechism Cataclysm went to IFC Midnight for No. America.


CJ
Sector 7 pre-sold all rights to TF1 in France, Scorpio East for Singapore and Malaysia, and M Pictures in Thailand.

Coach 14
A Little Closer by Matthew Petock was picked up for world wide representation in Rotterdam where it screened in Bright Future.
Terri picked up at Sundance
On the Ice picked up at Sundance, sold to Memento for France.
Carre Blanc by Jean Baptiste Leonetti
Principles of Life by Constantin Popescu
All Good Children by Alicia Duffy
Portrait of a Fighter as a Young Man by Constantin Popescu


Content Media
Knuckle was picked up for worldwide representation at Sundance.. HBO made a remake rights deal for a series based on Knuckle.
Greatest Movie Ever Sold picked up for worldwide representation at Sundance


Corsan
The Devil’s Double/ Belgium (Director: Lee Tamahori; Screenwriter: Michael Thomas) — An extraordinary chapter in recent history providing a chilling vision of the House of Saddam comes to life through the eyes of the man who knew too much. At EFM it was picked up by Icon for U.K. Pre Sundance it sold to Eagle for the Middle East.


Delphis
Christmas Story (Joulutarina) was acquired by Only Hearts for Japan.

Doc & Film
Raul Ruiz’s Mysteries of Lisbon went to Music Box for U.S. it includes the six hour minseries spinoff. It also sold to Canal Plus for France, New Wave for U.K., Wanda for Spain, Swallow Wings for Taiwan. Alfama distributes in France, Belgium and Switzerland. Japan is close to closing. Mostra de Sao Paulo will release in Brazil.
The Fatherless (Die Vaterlosen) in Panorama went to Doc & Film for worldwide sales. Germany and Austria are already sold.
Noir Ocean by Marion Hansel ♀ sold to Salzgeber for Germany and Austria and to Eurozoom for France.


Ealing Studios International
Bobby Fisher Against the World went to Music Box for U.S. Ealing acquired all worldwide rights, minus previously sold territories, to Andrew Rossi's pic Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times. Docu, which world preemed at Sundance last month, sold at the fest to Magnolia Pictures (U.S.), Alliance Films (Canada), Madmen Entertainment (Australia and New Zealand) and Pretty Pictures (France).

Epic
Blood & Iron sold to WTW for the U.K. and Film.UA Group for Ukraine who is also financing the film.
11-11-11 sold to Swen for Latin America, Scanbox for Scandinavia, SPI for Eastern Europe, Luxor for CIS, Just Bridge for Benelux, Mars for Turkey, Eagle for the Middle East, and United King for Israel.
Space Dogs (3D animated) sold to TF1 for France, Just Bridge for Benelux, One Movie for Italy, Metis for Turkey, Village Roadshow for Greece, Scanbox for Scandinavia, Shapira for Israel, Eagle for Middle East, ITI Cinema for Poland, HGC for china, IPA for Thailand, Cine Sky for airlines, California for Latin America, and Blitz for former Yugoslavia.

Essential Films
The Killer
A Good Old Fashioned Orgy was picked up for U.S. by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and Samuel Goldwyn Films The Music Never Stopped went to Goldwyn pre-Sundance.

Exclusive
Undefeated went to The Weinstein Co. for U.S. in SXSW.
So Undercover went to TWC for U.S., Constantin in Germany, Metropolitan in France, Roadshow for Australia, West for Russia, California for Latin America, Svensk for Scandinavia, Independent for Benelux, and SPI for Eastern Europe.
The Way Back went to Image and New Market for U.S. along with Entertainment One.
Ides of March sold to Alliance for Canada, eOne for Blighty, Metropolitan for France, Tobis for Germany, Roadshow for Australia, RAI for Italy, Wide for Spain, Independent for Benelux, Svensk for Scandinavia, EEAP for Eastern Europe, and California for Latin America.
Sold rest-of-the-world sales rights for The Flying Machine to Distribution Workshop and BreakThru Films in Hong Kong

Fandango Portobello
Gianni e le donne (The Salt of Life),Gianni Di Gregorio's follow-up to his cult hit Mid-August Lunch, presold ahead of Berlin to France (Pyramide Distribution), Benelux (ABC-Cinemien) and Switzerland (Xenix). Folllowing Berlin it sold to Artificial Eye for U.K., Neue Visionene for Germany and Austrai, Golem for Spain, Fralto for Australia and New Zealand.

Films Boutique
The Turin Horse sold in 25 territories at EFM, with more to come. Territories sold include France (Sophie Dulac Distribution) UK and Ireland (Artificial Eye), Italy (Movies Inspired), Germany (Die Basis Filmverleih), Russia & CIS (Leopart/Kinoprom), Benelux (Eye), Switzerland (Vega Film), Poland (Era New Horizon Distribution), Japan (Bitters End), Portugal (Midas Filmes), Greece (Artplex Attica), Denmark (Ost for Paradis), Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia & Montenegro (MCF Megacom), Czech Republic and Slovakia (ACFK), Romania (Asociatia Cultrurale) and Hungary (Mokep). Films Boutique also has offers from the US, Spain, Brazil and the Baltics.

FilmsDistribution
Tomboy by Celine Sciamma ♀ went to Cineart for Benelux, Agoura for Switzerlanr, Teodora for Italy, Rocket Releasing/ Innova for U.S.
With Love From the Age of Reason went to SchwartzWeiss for Germany, Agora for Switzerland.
We Fought for That was picked up by Sacher for Italy.
Sold a Cat in Paris to Palace in Australia and GKids in USA for US distribution rights Taken international rights to The Slut
Picked up international sales rights to Captured

FilmExport
handling international sales rights to Dracula.

Film Factory
internationally presaling rights to Animals, Blind Alley, and Winning Streak.

FilmNation
The Ward went to Xlrator for U.S.
Midnight’s Children rights to: E1 for U.K., Metropolitan for France and Germany (Telemünchen), Spain (DeA Planeta), Australia and New Zealand (Village Roadshow), Taiwan (SSG), South Korea (Unikorea), Singapore (Multivision) and Eastern Europe (EEAP),Portugal (Lusomundo), Switzerland (Ascot Elite), Latin America (Sun Distribution), Hong Kong (WEG), Indonesia (PT Amero), Malaysia (WEG), Philippines (Multivision), Benelux (Paradiso), Greece (Odeon), Iceland (Sam Films) and Israel (Lev Films). Echo Lake’s Doug Mankoff and Andrew Spaulding serve as executive producers alongside Blue Ice Entertainment’s Steven Silver and Neil Tabatznik.
Gambit sold to Alliance Films for Canada, Spain and U.K. in the first major deal of Berlinale this year.
Take Shelter sold to Sony Pictures Classic for all territories excluding North and Latin America, and Australia and New Zealand.

FilmSharks
Unresolved Sexual Tension went to Joy Content Group for So. Korea, Maywin for CIS and Russia, Venevision for North America. U.S. remake rights are being negotiated.
Sold Just Like Me to Flins Y Piniculas in Spain, SBS for Australia, and Maywin Film for CIS.
Closed a deal for Torrente 4

Finecut
Pusan and Rotterdam award-winning drama The Journals of Musan (무산일기) sold to Japan's Star Sands (スターサンズ) on the eve of the European Film Market.
Lee Chang-dong's (이창동) Poetry (시) sold to U.K.'s Arrow Films, Norway's Arthaus and Singapore's Luna Films.
Bedevilled sold to Distrib Films for France.
Chaw and 71 - Into the Fire sold to CTV for France. 71 - Into the Fire also sold to Hwa Yea Multimedia for Malaysia and Brunei.
Midnight FM sold to Mei Ah Selection for Hong Kong, Eagle International for Taiwan, and Shaw for Singapore.
I Saw the Devil sold to Mediatres for Spain and Maywin Films for ex-USSR, MPA for Portugal, Atlantic for Scandinavia and Iceland, Mei Ah Selection for Hong Kong.
Cyrano Agency sold to CatchPlay for Taiwan and Clover Films for Singapore.
Troubleshooter sold to CatchPlay for Taiwan and J-Bics for Thailand.
Daytime Drinking (낮술) went to U.K.'s Inclusionism and Norway's Fidalgo.
Recent commercial film Hello Ghost (헬로우 고스트) pre-sold to CatchPlay (威望國際股份有限公司) for Taiwan.
Carancho sold to MPA for Portugal, Xenix for Switzerland, and J-Bics for Thailand. Hello Ghost by first time director Young-Tak KIM

Focus Features
Acquired Pariah for U.S. and international representation from Cinetic at Sundance.

Fortissimo
Marley presold to Kinowelt for Germany, Wild Side for France, Nu Metro for South Africa, Ascot Elite for Switzerland. Bidding is ongoing for Australia/ N.Z. and for Benelux.
Vampire. Japan, Canada
Sold Winter’s Bone to BMS in Japan, Catchplay in Taiwan, M Pictures in Thailand, HBO for central Europe pay TV, Megastar for Vietnam, Golden Screens for Malaysia, Golden Village for Singapore, and CJ Entertainment for Korea.
Has all rights outside the Middle East for 678 (selling with Sahar Elsherbini)

Funny Balloons
Circumstance/ U.S., Iran (Director and screenwriter: Maryam Keshavarz ♀) — A wealthy Iranian family struggles to contain a teenager’s growing sexual rebellion and her brother’s dangerous obsession. Picked up by Participant to be released theatrically in U.S. by Roadside Attractions.

Gaumont
Late Bloomers went to Olive for U.S., Alcine Terran for Japan, Cinema Nueva for Mexico, Filma for Turkey.
Point Blank went to Magnolia for U.S., E1 for Canada.

GK Films
Rum Diaries to be released by FilmDistrict in U.S. Pimena has Turkey, Paradise has Russia, Entertainment has U.K., Eagle has Middle East, CatchPlay has Taiwan, E1 has Benelux

Goldcrest
The First Grader audience award (with $100,000 cash prize) at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival sold to Soda for U.K. After its Telluride and Toronto screenings it was licensed to National Geographic Entertainment for U.S. by Distant Horizon. The film has also now been sold to Australia/New Zealand (Rialto), Japan (Klockworx), Canada (Maple Pictures), Latin America (Leda Films), China (Darklight Media), Hong Kong (Edko), Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador (Star Films), Singapore (Shaw Brothers), Portugal (Lusomundo), and Benelux (A Film).
Dark Horse sold to Svensk for Scandinavia and and to Village Roadshow for Australia.
Homework (Director and screenwriter: Gavin Wiesen) — Quirky, rebellious George has no ambitions other than to cut his next class. But one day, one girl gives him the perfect reason to figure out who he really is. Cast: Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts, Michael Angarano, Elizabeth Reaser with Rita Wilson and Blair Underwood. U.S.: Gersh Agency’s Jennifer Dana

Gold View
Yoyochu -- In the Land of the Rising Sex and Vital both sold to Rai 3 for Italy.

HanWay
A Dangerous Method sold to Scanbox for Scandinavia, Hopscotch for Australia/ N.Z.
Pina went to Artificial Eye for U.K. and Bim for Italy.
Life in a Day went to National Geographic and You Tube for U.S.
Essential Killing went to Ascot Elite for Switzerland. Artificial Eye has U.K., Filmhuset has Norway.
Rita and Chico went to Disney for Spain. Cinetic is handling U.S.
Hunger director Steve McQueen’s second feature Shame has been taken in France (MK2), Germany (Prokino), Benelux (Cineart), Switzerland (Frenetic), Portugal (Lusomundo), Greece (Odeon), Ex-Yugoslavia (MCF), Israel (Shani) and Iceland (Myndform). Momentum has U.K. See-Saw Films sister company Transmission Films will distribute in Australia and New Zealand.

Hyde Park
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night went to Omnilab, an Australia based producer/ financier and Freestyle will release it for them in U.S. under Omni/ FSR label.
Ghost Rider, Spirit of Vengeance 3D went to Telepool for German speaking territories.
Sony has domestic rights to the Ghost Rider sequel.
Echelon went to Telepool for German speaking territories. My Idiot Brother was picked up for international representation in Sundance for a MG between $6 million-$7 million and with a larger P&A commitment of around $15 million, the largest P&A commitment of the festival acquisitions.

ICAIC
Ticket to Paradise in Sundance FF.

Icon
Project Nim was sold to Mongrel for Canada by No. American producer rep Submarine. HBO Documentary Films holds all US rights and will partner with US theatrical and DVD rights holder Roadside Attractions on the US release.
Corialanus was acquired by The Weinstein Company for U.S. and pan Asian pay TV.
Will release James Wan’s (Saw series) eight-film deal, starting with House of Horror. Icon is releasing them in the UK. Paradigm Motion Picture Finance Group will represent North American sales on the titles.

IM Global
Headshot presold to Constantin for German speaking territories for what is estimated to be $5m.
W.E. sold to StudioCanal’s U.K. arm Optimum and to Village Roadshow for Australia and New Zealand. Svansk acquired Scandinavian rights.

Imagina
Midnight in Paris went to SPC for North America. Further presales were made with Germany (Concorde) and Italy (Medusa). Sun Distribution has Latin America, Central Partnership has Russia, Scanbox will release in Scandinavia, Paradiso in Benelux, Kino Swiat in Poland and Frenetic in Switzerland. Further deals include territories such as Israel (Shapira), Romania (Prorom Media), Hong Kong (Golden Scene) and Taiwan (Catchplay). It was already sold to Diamond for Argentina, Mars for France.

Imagination Worldwide
selling rights to The Hamiltons

Independent
Mr. Nice was picked up by MPI Media Group for U.S. at the Sundance Film Festival. It has shown at SXSW, Edinburgh Seville and Turin Film Festivals. It has already sold to Koch Media for Germany.
We Need to Talk About Kevin went to Diaphana for France. It also sold to Benelux (Wild Bunch), Israel (Shani), Greece (Seven) and the Middle East (Shooting Stars). Artificial Eye prebought for UK rights at script stage.

Jackie Chan
1911 was picked up by Well Go for North America.

K5
Here picked up at Sundance.
Sing Your Song picked up for international rights.

Kaleidoscope Film Distribution
Lord of the Dance 3D went to Ascot Elite for German speaking territories, Taiwan - IPA Asia Pacific for Taiwan, SuperVision Media for U.K. and U.S.
Bought world rights to From the Ashes (in post)
Released One Night in Turin in the UK
Sold Michael Flatley: Lord of the Dance to E1 home entertainment for the US and Canada. Also sold to Australia, Benelux, France, Russia, Eastern Europe, South Africa, Brazil, and Turkey.

Kinology
Gainsbourg picked up by Music Box for No. America.
picked up international sales rights to Days of Grace.
Hurricane sold to 10 territories (Paramount in France).

Latido
No Return sold to Orlando for Israel
The Widows of Thursdays went to HBO for U.S. Pay
Free Birds went to Phase 4 for Canda, CP Digital for Russia, Star Film for Peru
The Diary of Carota went to Trade Film for France
80 Days sold to AS Fidalgo for Scandinavia and Imago for Poland

Lionsgate
Handling international sales rights for Pawn Shop Chronicles

Little Film Company
Handling sales on The Men

M-Appeal
Picked up Hermano for international representation February 2011. It was picked up for U.S. by Music Box in December 2010.

M-Line
completed pre-sales Haunters

Magnet
The Troll Hunter
Hobo With a Shotgun
I Saw the Devil

Memento
Iranian Asghar Farhadi's Berlin Golden Bear, Actor and Actress Winner, Nader and Simin: A Separation, sold to Nanni Moretti’s Sacher Films for Italy, U.K. (Artificial Eye), Germany (Alamode), Italy (Sacher), So. Koria (Jin Jin), Sweden (Folkets Bio), Norway (Arthaus), Denmark (Camera) Brazil (Imovision), Portugal (Alambique), Turkey (Mars), Thailand (Sahamongkol) and Argentina-Uruguay-Paraguay-Chile (Alfa Films). Also sold are Benelux, Austria, Spain, Greece, Poland, Switzerland, Australia/ New Zealand (Hopscotch) and former-Yugoslavia. Memento Films Distribution will release it in France. Arriving in Berlin with no presales, it is a rare event that an art film sells out in all territories in its first market. "We had offers five minutes after the very first market screening before any press review came out," said Tanya Meissner, head of sales. "Many distributors understood not only that this movie is a real milestone but that it can also address a large audience." Farhadi won a director 2009 Silver Bear for About Elly, his second film. Asghar Farhadi wins Berlin Golden Bear for Nader and Simin: A Separation which also took Silver Bears for Best Actor Ensemble and Best Actress Ensemble
The Woman in the Fifth went to ATO for North America.
The Tree went to Zeitgeist for U.S.
The Monk went to California Filmes for Brazil
Acquired two films (Another Happy Day and On the Ice) from Sundance for French distribution.

Metropolis Pictures
The Guard sold Pre-Sundance to Optimum for U.K., Ascot Elite for Switzerland, Element for Ireland. At Sundance it was picked up for No. America by Sony Pictures Classics for 7 figures. Also, SND for France, Eagle Pictures for Italy, Ascot Elite for German-speaking Eurpoe and Switzerland, Freeman for Eastern Europe, Entertainment One for Benelux, Transmission for Australia and New Zealand, Alliance Atlantis Releasing for Canada, Phars for the Middle East, Scanbox for Scandinavia, Lusomundo for Portugal, CP Digital for CIS, and Jaguar Distribution for airlines.

MK2
handling French distribution and international sales on The End and Apres mai

M-Appeal
Acquired Hermano, Audience Prize Winner of Moscow FF 2010 and LALIFF 2010. U.S. rights are held by Music Box.
Marieke, Markieke

Mandate
Limitless was picked up by Eagle for Italy.
Fifty – Fifty, the working title of the Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon Levitt starring drama comedy about a 26-year-old confronting cancer was picked up by Eagle for Italy.

Magnet/ Magnolia
Square Grouper: The Godfathers of Ganja picked up prior to Berlin.
Humpday remake rights went to UGC for French language remake. Tauma Produzioni’s Giovanni Costantino has optioned Italian stage rights and Indian producers are understood to be contemplating a Bollywood version.
The Troll Hunter
Hobo With a Shotgun
I Saw the Devil

Metropolis Pictures
The Guard/ Ireland (Director and screenwriter: John Michael McDonagh) — A small-town cop in Ireland has a confrontational personality, a subversive sense of humor, a fondness for prostitutes and absolutely no interest whatsoever in the international drug-smuggling ring that has brought a straight-laced FBI agent to his door. However, a surreal chain of events pulls him into the action. Cast: Don Cheadle, Brendan Gleeson, Mark Strong, Liam Cunningham, David Wilmot, Fionnula Flanagan. World Premiere. Pre-Sundance it sold to Optimum for U.K., Ascot Elite for Switzerland, Element for Ireland. At Sundance it was picked up for No. America by Sony Pictures Classics for 7 figures.

Media Asia
City of Life and Death (aka Nanking, Nanking) went to Kino for U.S. A scene from Lu Chuan's "City of Life and Death." [Photo courtesy of Kino International] It has also been sold to Strada for Greece, Carmen for Russia, Karma for Spain, High Fliers for U.K., Applause for Taiwan, Rose Media for Thailand, Lark and Mega Star Video for Hong Kong, Golden Screen for Malaysia, Shaw for Singapore, Metropolitan for France, Distribution for Argentina

Metropolis Pictures
Chalet Girl went to Paramount for Germany and France, Alliance/ Momentum for U.K., Videovision for So. Africa. Further sales include Australia (Transmission), Benelux (eOne), Portugal (Lusomundo), Middle East (Phars), Israel (Independent Distributors), South Africa (Video Vision), Turkey (R Film), CIS (CP Digital), Eastern Europe (Grandview Castle), Poland (Polsat) and Greece (Audiovisual).

Miramax
The Debt picked up by Universal ‘s Focus Features for No. America. Audio Visual has Greece.
Under the long-term agreement Lionsgate and Studiocanal will distribute more than 550 titles from the Miramax library across DVD, Blu-ray, VOD and electronic sell-through platforms. Lionsgate will partner with Studiocanal to distribute Miramax titles in the U.K. and Europe and the deal kicks off in the U.S. on Mar 15 with the Jennifer Aniston rom-com The Switch.

Myriad
Margin Call went to ARP in France, Eco in Portugal, Serenity in Taiwan and Wanda in Spain. It also went to Benelux (Lumiere), Greece (Spentzos), Hong Kong (Tomson), Switzerland (Praesens), Israel (Shoval) and Hungary (MTVA). U.K. is in negotiations. Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions acquired US rights during Sundance. At AFM, it was sold off a promo reel to at least 17 territories to Degeto and Koch Media for Germany, Rai Cinema for Italy and Becker for Australia and New Zealand. 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.

Niners
pre-selling Ronin Pop

New Zealand Film Commission
The Vintner’s Luck went to Panorama for U.S.
NonStop Sales
Sold Beyond the Border to UK distributor Optimum Releasing
NuImage
The Son of No One / U.S. (Director and screenwriter: Dito Montiel) — Two men in post-9/11 New York are forced to relive two murders they committed as young boys. Their lives start to unravel by the threat of the revelation of these shocking and personal secrets. Cast: Channing Tatum, Al Pacino, Juliette Binoche. Sundance CLOSING NIGHT FILM. Pre-Sundance it sold to Eagle for Middle East.
Shopping around The Expendables

Other Angle
All Our Desires, You Will Be My Son, First Love, Niscostratus the Pelican (WB releasing in France), Michel G, King of the World, Meeting with an Angel, Trading Dresses all added to slate.

Parlay
The Words presold to Wild Bunch for Germany, Becker for Australia, DeAPlaneta for Spain, Swen for Latin America, Saw for Singapore, SSG for Taiwan, Nu Metro for So. Africa, Ascot Elite for Switzerland, Audiovisual for Greece, Penema for Turkey, Eagle for the Middle East, Forum for Israelk, SPI for Eastern Europe. France, the Baltics and CIS are in negotiations.

Participant
Circumstance picked up by Roadside Attractions for North American release.
Magnolia picked up Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times pre-Berlin.

Passion
Grab
Becoming Chaz picked up January 13 by OWN for U.S.

Pathe
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark picked up jointly by FilmDistrict and Miramax for U.S.

Peace Arch
The Woman

Protagonist
Kill List went to IFC Midnight for No. America at SXSW.
Tyrannosaur went to Strand for U.S. in Berlin and to Madman for Australia/ N.Z., Optimum for U.K., NonStop for Scandinavia during Sundance, D Films for Canada, Wild Bunch for Benelux, Front Row Filmed Entertainment for the Middle East.

PTZ International
Headwinds sold to Universal for France and Cineart for Benelux.

Pyramide
Free Men went to Artificial Eye for U.K., Lumiere for Benelux, Monopole Pathe for Switzerland.
Elena went to Imagine for Benelux, Seven for Greece, Clap Filmes for Portugal. Swiss rights are being negotiated.
The Empire went to Clap Filmes for Portugal and Mexico is in negotiation.
Angele and Tony which showed at Venice Critics Week was at Rendez-Vous Paris January 2011 where it went to Kool Filmdistribution for Germany/ Austria, Peccadillo Pictures for the U.K. and Absolut Media Films for Spain, Aura for Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Tri Art Film for Sweden, Mongrel Media for Canada, Champs Lis for China, Absolut for Spain, and to Denmark (Sunrise Film Distribution), Czech Republic/Slovakia (David Matous Communications), Hungary (Cirko Film) and Bulgaria (Vad Van Kris) in Eastern Europe, Mexico (Alphaville) and Colombia/Ecuador/Central America (Cineplex) and to Israel's Orlando Films. Nanni Moretti's Sacher Film acquired Italian rights at the Venice film festival. Lumiere also closed Benelux at Venice, while Xenix took Switzerland and Palace Films Australia. Angele and Tony by Alix Delaporte

Reel Suspects
Q sold to Green Narae Media for So. Korea. Japan is in negotiations
Club Zeus picked up for world sales in Rotterdam.
22 of May picked up for world sales in Rotterdam has sold to Movies Inspired for Italy and has interest from German and Swiss buyers.
Children of his Life sold to Atlantide for Italy.
Anarchy in Zirmunai is in negotiations with France. It sold to Atlantide for Italy, Pro Fun for Germany, Austria and German specking Switzerland.

Relativity
Relativity Media signed a four-year distribution deal with Tripictures for Spain who currently has Relativity's Oscar contender The Fighter ,Season of the Witch, Limitless,Take Me Home Tonight, Immortals" and David R. Ellis' untitled 3D shark thriller.
Rendez-Vous
Absent (Austente) was picked up for world sales outside of Latin America at Ventana Sur. The Primer Corte title is their second Marco Berger directed film since his first feature Plan B. Carlotta Films and Bodega Films picked up French rights. Absent (Ausente) by Margo Burger

Rezo
Amigo went to Variance for U.S.

Roissy
Son of Babylon went to Aquelarre for Spain, Transformer for Japan, Lighthouse Pictures and Cathay Keris for Singapore

Sahamongkolfilm
Bangkok Knockout: BKO went to Klockwerx for Japan, Long Shong for Taiwan, CP Digital for Russia/ CIS, Taksi for Turkey.

Salt
Grabbers went to Asot Elite for Switzerland. Sony has U.K.

Shoreline
picked up worldwide sales rights to The Ways of Wine

Showbox/Mediaplex
Pre-sold The Front Line to Showbox Media Group for the UK and STG Multimedia for Thailand.

Sierra/Affinity
An Invisible Sign went to IFC and MPI for North America. Submarine brokered the deal.
Summit Entertainment has picked up US rights to Gone (which was jointly sold with Lakeshore Entertainment).

SND
Les Femmes du 6eme etage went to Archibald for Italy.
Pre-sold Man to Wild Bunch in Germany, MGN Paradise in Russia, Antena 3 Films/DeAPlaneta in Spain, Vision Film in Poland, Hollywood Classic Entertainment in the Czech Republic and Eastern Europe. Portugal, Middle East, Taiwan, and Indonesia-Malaysia have also closed. Handling French distribution rights itself.
Licensed Service Entrance to Palace in Australia, Victory in Benelux, Praesens-Film in Switzerland, Christal in Canada, Best Film Co. in Poland, and Lusomundo in Portugal.

Stealth Media
I Melt With You Pre-Sundance it sold to Magnolia for US, Falcon for Middle East, D Productions for Turkey

StudioCanal
Blackbird (produced by 2929-Mutual) sold to StudioCanal for France, Germany and U.K.
The Dinosaur Project was picked up by Eagle Pictures for Italy and Optimum Releasing (StudioCanal’s UK outfit) picked up distribution rights to the UK
African Safari was picked up by Eagle for Italy, Optimum for the UK, Kinowelt in Germany, StudioCanal for France.
Sammy’s Adventures 2 is also with Eagle for Italy, Universal Music Group for the US. Pre-sales negotiated with Belga in Benelux, Svensk in Scandinavia, and Daisy in Korea.
Brighton Rock went to IFC for U.S. It is already sold to Madman for Australia & N.Z., Optimum for U.K.
Senna/U.K. (Director: Asif Kapadia; Screenwriter: Manish Pandey) — The story of the legendary racing driver and Brazilian hero Ayrton Senna takes us on the ultimate journey of what it means to become the greatest when faced with the constant possibility of death. North American Premiere. StudioCanal sold to Toho-Towa for Japan before Sundance. Produced by Working Title and Universal. Has international sales rights and French distribution rights to Kirkiou.

Submarine
An Invisible Sign went to IFC and MPI for No. America.

Summit
Source Code went to Indian distributor 52 Weeks Entertainment The
Impossible went to Indian distributor 52 Weeks Entertainment
Red 2
The Perks of Being a Wallflower starring Emma Watson.

Sunrise
The Edge went to Goldwyn for U.S. during the Palm Springs Film Festival.

Terra Mater Factual Studios
Acquired international rights to Among Wolves (Entrelobos), which sold to Germany’s Servus TV (Redbull’s new channel).

The Film Works
In Darkness (aka Hidden) directed bby Agnieszka Holland was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics for U.S.

Tianjin Film Studios
Doing pre-sales on Legend of a Rabbit

TF1
Gainsbourg went to Music Box for U.S., Hopscotch for Australia/ N.Z., FilmLaden for Austria, Entertainment One for Canada, Backup for France, Avalon for Spain, Arthouse Traffic for Ukraine, Optimum for U.K.
Korkoro by Tony Gatliff went to Kino Lorber for U.S.
The Names of Love went to Music Box (U.S.), Mongrel Media (Canada), X Verleih (Germany), Karma Films (Spain), Rialto Entertainment (Australia), Odeon (Greece) and Mares Filmes (Brazil). Showed at French Rendez Vous, Critics Week, Pusan.
UGC took French rights toWok the Kasbah and The Day I Saw Your Heart.
The Night Clerk and The Law of Violence will be released in France by UGC in March.
Hobo with a Shotgun went to Magnet Releasing, the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, ahead of its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival.

The Film Sales Co.
The Redemption of General Butt Naked (Directors: Eric Strauss and Daniele Anastasion ♀) — A brutal warlord who murdered thousands during Liberia’s horrific 14-year civil war renounces his violent past and reinvents himself as an Evangelist, facing those he once terrorized.

The Little Film Co.
L.A. I Hate You to Accelerator Division for U.S.
Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist went to TLFC for worldwide sales.

The Match Factory
The Future sold to U.K. (Picturehouse Entertainment), Spain (Golem), Benelux (ABC Cinemien), Scandinavia and Baltic States (Nonstop Entertainment), Ex-Yugoslavia (MCF Megacom), Portugal (Atalanta Filmes), Taiwan (Joint Ent.) and South Korea (T’Cast). Further territories are under negotiation. Roadside Attractions acquired North American rights after the film’s world premiere at Sundance in January.
Mediarenas went to Bolero for Italy.
En el nombre de la hija by Tania Hermida ♀, from Ecuador was acquired for world sales at Ventana Sur.

Tokyo Broadcasting System Television (TBS)
completed several pre-sales for Tomorrow’s Joe. Picked up by Wild Side Films for French-speaking territories, NeoVision for Hong Kong and Macau, Long Shong for Taiwan, J-Bics for Thailand, and Encore Films for Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, and Indonesia.

TrustNordisk
Headhunters sold to Magnolia for U.S.
Melancholia by Lars von Triers was presold for North America to Magnolia for seven figures.
Happy, Happy went to Magnolia for U.S.
The Fjållabacka Murders based on best selling book by Camilla Läckberg’s bestselling sold to Benelux distributor Lumiere.
Perfect Sense/ U.K. (Director: David Mackenzie; Screenwriter: Kim Fupz Aakeson) — A poetic and magnetic love story about two people who start to fall in love just as the world begins to fall apart. Cast: Ewan McGregor, Eva Green, Ewen Bremner, Stephen Dillane, Connie Nielsen. At Sundance it went to IFC for No. America. Pre-Sundance it sold to Entremode for So. Korea, Falcon for the Middle East, Seven Films for Greece, Wild Bunch for Benelux.

Umedia
Los Colores de la Montana (The Colors of the Mountain) went to Film Movement for U.S. coming out of Ventana Sur.

Unified
Janie Jones picked up by Tribeca for U.S. Vértice Sales, a Madrid-based international sales agent licensed all rights to With or Without Love to Venevision for U.S. and Puerto Rico at MIFF.

Visit
Cave of Forgotten Dreams went to Ascot Elite for all German speaking territories, to Discovery for Ex-Yugoslavia and to Metropolitan for France. It previously sold to IFC for the US and will open through Picture House in the U.K., Star Sands in Japan and Against Gravity in Poland.

Wavelength Pictures
Taken on international sales rights to A Boatload of Wild Irishmen.

We Pictures
Sold Wu Xia to TF1 in France.

Westend
Tamara Drewe went to Alta for Spain Tamara Drewe by Stephen Frears

Wide Management
The Mill and the Cross screening at Sundance and Rotterdam was picked up by Kino-Lorber for the U.S., Cetera for Japan, JinJin for So. Korea, Joint Entertainment for Taiwan during Berlin and by Contact Film for Benelux in Rotterdam. Rights also went to Spain, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. Closing with Germany and Austria.
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 which Wide picked up at Sundance sold to Germany and Austria (Mouna) and to Sundance Select for U.S.
Nannerl went Poland, Music Box for U.S.
Unifrance Rendez-Vous in Paris deal saw All that I Love go to Orlando Films (Israel). It played in Sundance, Rotterdam and Chicago Film Festivals.
Gigola went to Bounty (Australia)
Just Between Us went to Best Digital (Taiwan) and IFA (Argentina).

Wild Bunch
The Grandmasters sold to Annapurna Prods. for North Amerca who will put P&A up and find a U.S. distribution partner. CAA handles U.S.
360
I Wish (previously Miracle) by Japanese auteur Kore’eda Hirokazu (Nobody Knows) will be sold in Asia by Gaga.
Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia went to Concorde/ TMG for Germany and Switzerland.
Draquila -- Italy Trembles went to Baditri for Spain. Associate producer Bim has Italy.
Kaboom was picked up by Sundance Select, a sister company of IFC Films, owned by Rainbow Cable will deliver on cable VoD five films premiering simultaneously at the Sundance Film Festival (Jan 20-30). Hopscotch has Australia/ N.Z.
Potiche went to Gaga for Japan, Filmladen forf Austria, Imovision for Brazil, Entertainment One for Canada, Continental for Croatia, Mars for France, Concorde for Germany, Bim for Italy, Teleview for Lebanon, Midas for Portugal, Independenta for Romania, FilmCoopi for Switzerland, Optimum for U.K., Music Box for U.S.

Films with no International Sales Agent

IFC Films acquired worldwide rights to Joe Swanberg’s Uncle Kent. The film’s premiere is part of the Spotlight section.

Palisades Tartan acquired North American, U.K. and English language rights to Some Days Are Better Than Others, Matt McCormick’s debut feature before its premiere in New Directors/ New Films.

Sundance Select, a sister company of IFC Films, owned by Rainbow Cable will deliver on cable VoD five films premiering simultaneously at the Sundance Film Festival (Jan 20-30). Aside from Kaboom and Mad Bastards, the films include four world premieres: Michael Tully’s Septien (Park City at Midnight, Jan 23), Paul Mariano and Kurt Norton’s These Amazing Shadows (Documentary Premieres, Jan 22), Joe Swanberg’s Uncle Kent (Spotlight, Jan 21). The films will be available on VOD at the same time as their premieres at the festival, and will be available in an estimated 40m homes on major cable systems. It is the second year of the initiative. The deal for Mad Bastards which includes all US rights, was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, SVP of acquisitions and co-productions, and with Charlotte Mickie at eOne on behalf of the filmmakers. The acquisition of Septien, which is for all rights in North America, France, Benelux, East-Central Europe, Turkey, Greece, and Asia, was negotiated by Jeff Deutchman, manager of acquisitions & productions, with George Rush on behalf of the filmmakers. The deal for These Amazing Shadows, which is for all non-theatrical U.S. rights, was negotiated by Elizabeth Nastro, director of acquisitions & co-productions, with Ben Weiss at Paradigm on behalf of the filmmakers.

Headshot by Thai auteur Pen-ek Ratanaruang was picked up for France by Wild Side at the Tokyo Project Gathering. The film is about a hit man who sees the world upside down after being shot in the head. It is based on a novel by Win Lyovarin. The film is produced on a budget of $600,000 by Pawas Sawatchaiyamet through Local Color Films and by Raymond Phatanavirangoon. http://www.filmbiz.asia/news/wild-side-takes-shot-at-headshot

Roland Joffe’s There be Dragons was picked up for U.S. by Goldwyn. There is no ISA as yet. (January 21)

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1 Comment

  • Alex Boden | December 12, 2010 7:27 AMReply

    Hi Sydney,
    I hope you and Peter are both well - we have met a few times over the last few years, at Binger Film Lab, Cannes Producer Network and Berlin.

    Many thanks for this great blog, which I love!
    Two things I wanted to ask you - if I may;

    I'm producing Susan Jacobson's debut feature. It's a thriller starring Kierston Wareing (FISH TANK, IT'S A FREE WORLD) and Vincent Regan (300, CLASH OF THE TITANS), which AV Pictures are selling.
    Announced at AFM, with Market Premiere at EFM.
    We're almost completed and the film is looking great - we would really value any support and publicity you can give us.

    www.theholding-movie.co.uk

    Also - I'll be in NYC in January and am very interested in meeting producers reps while in town. Is there anyone who you suggest I should / could meet?

    Very best from London,
    Alex

    www.pistachio.co.uk
    www.red-sun-pictures.com

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