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Market sparks big sellouts The Monk

ATO takes Moll’s Monk to America

BY JEREMY KAY ATO Pictures has acquired North American rights to Dominik Moll’s gothic thriller The Monk starring Vincent Cassel. The distributor plans a release

after an autumn festival premiere. The film is a co-production

between France’s Diaphana Films and Spain’s Morena Films. ATO’s Sarah Lash and Johnathan Dorf- man brokered the deal with Memento Films International’s (MFI) Emilie Georges, Tanja Meissner and Nick Shumaker. The outfits previously collabo-

rated on The Woman In The Fifth. Meanwhile, MFI has reported a

fl urry of trade on Malgorzata Szu- mowska’s Elles starring Juliette Binoche. Deals closed in Spain (Golem), Australia (Palace), Neth- erlands (Wild Bunch), Belgium (Imagine), South Korea (Wise and Wide), Taiwan (Joint), Switzerland (Frenetic), Greece (Videorama), Israel (Shapira) and former Yugo- slavia (MCF).

BY JEREMY KAY A revitalised Cannes market has translated into sellouts on key titles as buyers fl ocked to Summit Inter- national’s Pompeii and Tarzan 3D, Exclusive Films International’s End Of Watch and Lionsgate’s Great Hope Springs. Exclusive’s international sales

chief, Alex Walton, has licensed rights to thriller End Of Watch for the UK (Optimum), France (Met- ropolitan), Australia/New Zealand (Roadshow), Italy (Videa-CDE) and CIS (Paradise). Deals also closed in Latin America (Califor- nia), Scandinavia (Nordisk), Bene- lux (Independent), Hong Kong (Golden Scene), Singapore (Golden Village), South Africa (Nu Metro) and Thailand (M Pictures). The project, written and

Musketeers) wraps Resident Evil 5. Meanwhile, Tarzan 3D has sold

Alex Walton

directed by David Ayer, is in pre- production and stars Jake Gyllen- haal and Michael Pena. Summit International president

David Garrett reported that rights to the $90m-$100m Pompeii were licensed to France (TF1/UGC), CIS (Paradise), Italy (Rai), Scandinavia (Nordisk), Benelux (RCV), South Korea (Daisy), Singapore (Shaw) and Hong Kong (Edko). Production is pencilled to begin

in March or April 2012 after direc- tor Paul WS Anderson (The Three

mostly to the same distributors as Pompeii except for Metropolitan in France, Medusa in Italy, Belga in Benelux, Deltamac in Hong Kong and Woosong in South Korea; eOne holds UK rights only. Lionsgate sales chief Helen Lee

Kim has announced a slew of sales on David Frankel’s Great Hope Springs to star Meryl Streep and Steve Carell, led by a sale to the Alliance group for the UK and Spain and to Wild Bunch for Ger- many and Italy. Deals also closed for France (Metropolitan), Aus- tralia/New Zealand (Roadshow), CIS (West), Scandinavia (Mis Label), South Korea (Daisy), Tai- wan (SSG), Benelux (eOne) and Singapore (Cathay).

LATEST DEALS Jodie Foster at yesterday’s photocall for The Beaver, showing out of competition Gaumont has banner Cannes

BY NANCY TARTAGLIONE Gaumont’s Cécile Gaget has con- fi rmed the sale of offi cial selection The Conquest to Music Box in the US for an ambitious release. Xavier Durringer’s film looks at Nicolas Sarkozy’s rise to power. The deal was struck by William

Schopf and Ed Arentz for Music Box and Gaget and Yohann Comte for Gaumont. Arentz said: “The Conquest will give US audiences a front-row seat to France’s most popular political reality show.” The Conquest also sold to Spain

(A Contracorriente), Canada (eOne), Benelux (Lumiere), Swit- zerland (Pathé), Greece (Odeon) and Israel (Orlando). Gaget said key European territo- ries such as Germany and Spain

are back on form, noting A Contre- corriente also acquired Untoucha- ble and Golem took pregnancy comedy A Happy Event. Also in Spain, Jean Reno comedy The Chef is in co-production discussions. Germany’s Tiberius acquired

Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives, the Pusher remake and Sylvain Fusée’s Philibert, while Senator made a big deal for Untouchable. Gaget said this was one of the

strongest markets ever for Gau- mont, with most business done in pre-sales. For example, The Chef pre-sold in 17 territories. In Italy, Videa-CDE picked up A Happy Event and The Chef. Gaumont sold out in Benelux on its slate. » For all sales, see

Tolerance flies for

» Reel Suspects has clinched yet more deals on Q, for Australia and New Zealand (Accent), Sweden (Njuta), Hong Kong and Macao (First Distributors), Taiwan (Cineplex) and Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia (KAFilms). » Kuwait National Cinema Company (KNCC) has acquired Middle East rights to Afghanistan-set drama Tora Bora, produced by C Sky Pictures.

NEWS Hunting ground TrustNordisk signs several new deals on Headhunters » PAGE 2

DIARY The politics of love Xavier Durringer’s controversial Sarkozy story, The Conquest » PAGE 6

REVIEW Finn-French fun Kaurismaki is in fine form with Le Havre » PAGE 13


Vengeance proves popular

BY LIZ SHACKLETON Arclight Films’ Easternlight ban- ner has closed a string of sales on new pick-up White Vengeance, which Daniel Lee is currently shooting in China. The $20m period action-adven-

ture has a star-studded cast includ- ing Leon Lai, Zhang Hanyu, William Feng, Anthony Wong, Jor- dan Chan, Andy On and Liu Yifei. Easternlight has already pre-

sold the fi lm to Cineline for South Korea, RAM Entertainment for Malaysia, Passion for Singapore and Aqua Pinema for Turkey. Set to wrap in early July, White

Vengeance’s story is based on a famous historical assassination plot. The fi lm is produced by Wang Zhe, Song Guang Cheng and Susanna Tsang.

Films Distribution Films Distribution is continuing its strong market with sales on Bertrand Bonello’s Competition title House Of Tolerance to Portugal (Atalanta), Brazil (Petrini), Australia (Rialto), Germany (NFP), former Yugoslavia (Megacom) and Greece (Strada). A US deal is imminent. Tomboy has closed in Greece

(Feelgood), Portugal (Atalanta) and Sweden (Folkets Bio). The Snows Of Kilimanjaro has sold to Greece (Feelgood), Portugal (Atalanta), Brazil (Imovision), Spain (Golem), Australia (Hopscotch), Israel (Nachshon) and Japan (Crest International). Nancy Tartaglione

Buyers grab Scorsese-von Trier title

BY GEOFFREY MACNAB Details of a reinvention of Lars von Trier and Jorgen Leth’s 2003 fi lm The Five Obstructions, the Martin Scorsese/von Trier collaboration announced last week, remain sparse but even so, buyers are beginning to pounce. “These two directors collaborat-

ing was enough for us to take a cer- tain risk and we think it’ll pay off in the long run,” said Marcin Piasecki, managing director of Kino Swiat, which has now taken the fi lm for Poland. Other buyers who have also

snapped up the Scorsese/von Trier collaboration at a very early stage include Independenta Film (Romania) and Aerofi lms (Czech Republic and Slovak Republic).

These deals were announced by

TrustNordisk on the eve of the screening of von Trier’s Melancho- lia in Competition here. Other TrustNordisk projects

have also been doing a roaring trade. Nikolaj Arcel’s epic romantic drama A Royal Affair, starring Mads Mikkelsen and Alicia Vikander, has been picked up by Golem (Spain), Metrodome (UK), MFA (Germany), Ascot Elite (Swit- zerland), Aerofi lms (Czech Repub- lic) and Best Film (Poland). A Royal Affair is produced by Zentropa. Petter Naess’ Comrade, which

stars Rupert Grint among others, has been acquired for the UK (Metrodome), Poland (Kino Swiat) and Australia (Vendetta).


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