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Memento hits with cannibals, Sister

BY GEOFFREY MACNAB Memento’s remake of cult cannibal picture We Are What We Are has gone to Entertainment One for the UK and Canada. Other territories are expected to follow shortly. Ursula Meier’s competition title

Sister (L’Enfant d’En Haut) has sold to Benelux (O’Brother), UK (Soda), Italy (Teodora) and Israel (Lev Films). Laurent Cantet’s Foxfire has gone to Lev in Israel, to Energia Entusiasta for Argen- tina, to Imovision in Brazil and to NonStop in Scandinavia. Elles has sold to Italy (Offi cine

UBU), Russia (Maywin), Mexico (Mantaraya), Japan (The Klock- worx) and Turkey (Kurmaca). Cate Shortland’s Lore has sold to

Lev for Israel, while Headshot by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang has been sold to Madman for Australia. For Ellen, screening in the

Forum, has gone to Calinos in Tur- key. Rodrigo Pla’s The Delay in Forum — handled by Memento label Artscope — has sold to Epi- centre for France.

ELECTRICK SPARKS: UK distributors Revolver and Picturehouse have swooped to buy Generation entry Electrick Children from M-Appeal. Rebecca Thomas’ debut is about a Mormon girl who falls pregnant. The joint acquisition follows pick-ups of Liberal Arts and The Imposter.

Salt scrubs up

BY ANDREAS WISEMAN The Salt Company has closed a number of deals on thriller Clean- skin starring Sean Bean and Char- lotte Rampling, including a deal with Warner Bros for the UK and Australia. Other territories sold include

North America, France, Germany, Scandinavia and South Africa (eOne); Spain, Portugal, CIS, Tur- key and Eastern Europe (SPI); Benelux (Splendid); Greece (Tan- weer); Middle East (Front Row); South Korea and pan-Asia TV rights (MediAsia); China (HGC); India (PictureWorks) and Singa- pore (Cathay-Keris Films).

Editorial (49) 30 2589 4707 StudioCanal’s Serena thrills

BY GEOFFREY MACNAB Pan-European powerhouse Studio- Canal is reporting an “incredible response” to Serena, its $25m thriller-romance starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. Director Susanne Bier met with

buyers this weekend. “She was very convincing in selling a mod- ern Gone With The Wind — a very passionate, epic-scale love story,” said Harold Van Lier, executive VP, international distribution. On the back of Bier’s visit and the new draft of script, deals have now

been closed with eOne (Canada) and Nordisk Film (Scandinavia). StudioCanal, which is releasing

the film in France, Germany and the UK, is closing in on several other major deals with territories, including Spain and Germany. The Last Exorcism 2 sold to eOne

for Benelux, to Ascot Elite for Ger- many and West Video for Russia. Meanwhile, The Dinosaur

Project has gone to Scandinavia (Svensk) and Greece (Village Roadshow). The world is sold out on the fi lm, with the exception of

Spain and North America, which is under discussion. More deals are also expected to

be closed shortly on the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis. Buyers are also swarming

around Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo. Omar Sy (Untouchable) has joined the cast, alongside Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris. “Four years ago, we were 90%

French-speaking. Now, our line-up is 80% English-language films geared for major international theatrical releases,” said Van Lier.

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Lee Tamahori reteams with Corsan for Emperor

BY WENDY MITCHELL Lee Tamahori will direct period action epic Emperor for Corsan. He re unites with the company after working with it on The Devil’s Double. Tamahori’s credits also include Die Another Day and xXx: State Of The Union. Corsan CEO Paul Breuls will

Call Girl double date

BY GEOFFREY MACNAB TrustNordisk’s political thriller Call Girl, shown here on a three- minute promo, has sold to Benelux (Lumiere) and Korea (Sonamu). Mikael Marcimain’s film stars

Pernilla August. Mimmi Spang produces for Garagefi lm. “When we met Pernilla two

months ago in Brussels, she could not stop talking about the shooting of Call Girl. After reading the script, seeing the work in progress in Gothenburg and watching the promo in Berlin, we are confi dent Call Girl will easily travel outside Scandinavia,” Lumiere boss Jan de Clercq said.

produce. Corsan will finance the film and Corsan World Sales, headed by Pascal Borno, will sell. Emperor follows a young

woman seeking revenge for her father’s execution by Emperor Charles V. Breuls said: “This is a fi lm that will re-invent the 16th century —

Kurt Kreiger

an action-adventure story that defi es and transcends our imagi- nation, that will be stunningly told using live action and innovative CGI technology.” Tamahori added: “History is as

it is told, and I cherish the idea to give my look on this story.” Jan Blokker wrote the original

screenplay, with Michael Thomas (The Devil’s Double) also contribut- ing. Shooting will start in autumn 2012 in Spain, Belgium and Ger- many. Casting starts now. Corsan is currently in produc-

tion on Mark Steven Johnson’s Kill- ing Season to star John Travolta and Robert De Niro.

Lucky Red has Dead cert

BY GEOFFREY MACNAB Italian producer-distributor Lucky Red is back in the buying groove, closing deals on four films. It has swooped for Dead Man Down, the revenge thriller by The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo director Niels Arden Oplev starring Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace, sold by IM Global. The company has picked up

Bob Marley collaborator Neville Garrick, director Kevin Macdonald and Marley’s son Rohan in Berlin for the world premiere of documentary Marley.

Barbera talks revamped Venice plans

BY GEOFFREY MACNAB In Berlin this weekend, newly appointed Venice Film Festival director Alberto Barbera outlined how he plans to bring back buyers to the Lido. While praising his

predecessor Marco Müller’s programming abilities, Barbera said the world’s oldest film festival has been stagnating. “The problem with Venice is that Marco did a wonderful job in terms

of the quality of the selection… but the professionals stopped coming,” he said. To bring back distributors and

sellers to the Lido in meaningful numbers, Barbera is to appoint a heavyweight industry boss. continued on page 6

Magic Mike, the Steven Soder- bergh-directed stripper movie star- ring Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer and Matthew McCo- naughey, sold by FilmNation. A third acquisition is Kevin

Macdonald’s Marley, sold by For- tissimo. Lucky Red has also taken My Week With Marilyn, sold by The Weinstein Company. The deals were confirmed by

Lucky Red’s Andrea Occhipinti. “We’ve been slow in acquisitions lately because we were spending time on [Paolo] Sorrentino’s This Must Be The Place production… but now we are back,” he said.


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