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International Sales Agent of the Day: MPM Film

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • September 16, 2011 6:04 AM
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Congratulations to Marie-Pierre Macia and Juliette Lepoutre. Their start-up international sales company MPM Film is in Toronto with a beautiful, quietly moving and totally aesthetic film in Toronto's Discovery section (and in Venice Days and in San Sebastian's Horizontes section). A U.S. sale on Stories That Only Exist When Remembered (Historias…que so existem quando lembradas) by one of my favorite people in the industry, Pierre Menahem, has already been made to Film Movement for U.S. putting it into the rarefied company of 22 U.S. acquisitions thus far at TIFF. (See my blog for details on this subject.)

Boyer Responds to Directors' Fortnight Abrupt Dismissal

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • June 24, 2011 7:30 AM
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Frédéric Boyer whose edition for Directors' Fortnight in Cannes this year showed eight feature debuts has not been reappointed for the coming year. Boyer also serves as director of Les Arcs European Film Festival held in December and which is now calling for entries.

Cinando

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • June 21, 2011 9:32 AM
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Cinando, the official website and database of the Cannes Market (Marche) offers online streaming for 40 films from Certain Regard, Directors Fortnight and Semaine de la Critique to its members. It also gives access to Cannes Competition and Out of Competition screenings, market screenings (with permission of international sales agents), Sofie FF, Black Night - Tallin FF, Abu Dhabi FF, Karlovy Vary FF, Ventana Sur and other festivals throughout the year.

Rights Round Up Cannes 2011 by International Sales Agent H - L

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • May 23, 2011 3:17 AM
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The Rights RoundUp is a work-in-progress which will go on throughout Cannes until the next big show: Toronto, showing deals as they get made, listed by sales agent. It also shows all the festival films including those in Competition, out of Competition, Un Certain Regard, Directors' Fortnight and Critics Week by sales agent or producer when there is no sales agent.

Oscar Watch: Belgium - Illegal by Olivier Masset-Depasse

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • January 12, 2011 11:00 AM
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LUX Prize Nomination 2010 - Oliver Masset-Depasse, directorUploaded by Cineuropa. - Interview with Olivier Masset-Depasse, Director and Writer of Illégal (Illegal)

Oscar Watch: Austria's La Pivellina by Tizza Cavi and Rainer Frimmel

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • December 20, 2010 4:29 AM
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La Pivellina is almost the sort of film which could win at least one of the five nominations for the Academy Award Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. It's about a child and a family living in the exotic though poor circumstances of circus performers. A beautifully authentic and touching film, it is clearly a favorite of festivals where it premiered in Cannes' Directors Fortnight in 2009 and thoroughly covered the festival circuit including Karlovy Vary, Toronto Vancouver, Palm Springs, Berlin, New Directors and has won the requisite awards. Represented internationally by Films Distribution, and by First Run in U.S., it has sold widely to Brazil, Argentina, Italy, France, Belgium, Switzeland. My guess is it will not be nominated. The reason I think this will not win the nomination is that it is too realistic and the Academy prefers more polished production values which do not show too much grit or realism. Granted there are so many knock out films this year (my picks are Of Gods and Men, Biutiful, Incendies, In a Better World, and fighting for 5th place are Life Above All, When We Leave, Undertow, Hermano, Aftershock, Carancho, Illegal.) Watch the trailer:

Rights Round Up Cannes 2010 by International Sales Agent: A-C

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • July 10, 2010 7:59 AM
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One of the most popular reports I publish is the Rights Roundup to show the trade who sold what to whom during the market (Cannes in this case). The ISAs (international sales agents) are all linked to their own websites. I wish all of the distribution companies who pick up the films for their territories (there are about 40 territories) and all the titles were also linked, but I lack the manpower to do the job 100% so only some are linked to their own company websites, or in the case of titles, to IMDbPro Title Pages. This reports allows sales agents to gauge their competitors, see who is buying similar types of films, and it allows buyers (distributors in this case) to see what similar acquisitions are being made by similar companies in other parts of the world and to have instant access to the sellers and buyers or to more details in the titles themselves.

Rights Round Up Cannes 2010 by International Sales Agent: D - G

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • July 10, 2010 7:58 AM
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D Street Media Group licensed Rivers Wash Over Me to Strand for U.S. in a pre-Cannes deal.

Rights Round Up Cannes 2010 by International Sales Agent: H - L

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • July 10, 2010 7:57 AM
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Hanway has licensed Nowhere Boy to Gaga for Japan. It presold David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method to Lionsgate for U.K. Universal Pictures International (UPI) for Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain and South Africa. Picture will start in May. Mars picked it up for France, E1 for Canada, Transmission for Australia and Cineartfor Benelux. 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. Focus has North American rights. U.K. is still available. Made in Dagenham went to Ascot Elite for Switzerland, Lucky Red for Italy and Sony Pictures Classics for North America in pre-Cannes deals. Distributors also on board include ARP Sélection for France, Cineart for Benelux, Paramount Pictures International for U.K., Australia/ N.Z., Ascot Elite for Switzerland (http://www.ascot-eFlite.ch). Thirteen Assassins went to Cineart for Benelux. Mugabe and the White African sold to France's Pretty Pictures and to First Fun Features for U.S. for a July 23 theatrical launch.

Rights Round Up Cannes 2010 by International Sales Agent: M - R

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • July 10, 2010 7:55 AM
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m-appeal ♀ licensed Sasha to Strand for U.S. The film played in official selection at the Frameline Festival and the San Francisco International LGBT film festival and will screen at Outfest in Los Angeles in July.

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