THURSDAY, MAY 24 2012
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Market buoyed by sellouts Sergei Loznitsa
Loznitsa mulls massacre tale
BY MARTIN BLANEY Sergei Loznitsa, who has In The Fog in Competition, could make his next feature about the Babi Yar massacre in 1941 when 30,000 Jews were killed by Nazi troops. Loznitsa told Screen: “In the
Soviet times, there was a kind of taboo associated with this subject; for some reason the authorities wanted to cover the story up.” The fi lm is one of fi ve story ideas
Loznitsa is developing for fiction fi lms. “The next one will naturally depend on the fi nancing possibili- ties,” he said. “Some of the stories could be low budget like In The Fog at around $2.5m, and others would need higher budgets for them to be realised in the way I want them to be made.”
StudioCanal, Lionsgate renew library deal
BY MELANIE GOODFELLOW Lionsgate has renewed its long- term agreement to distribute more than 2,000 StudioCanal titles. The distributor has also sold
German rights for the next instal- ment of The Hunger Games, Fran- cis Lawrence’s Catching Fire, to the European studio. Under the deal, StudioCanal will
distribute Catching Fire in Ger- man-speaking territories.
Kylie Minogue at the press call for Leos Carax’s Holy Motors yesterday. Review, p6. Match Factory befriends Garbarski
The Match Factory has picked up rights to Sam Garbarski’s comedy My Friend Vijay, starring Moritz Bleibtreu and Patricia Arquette. Philippe Blasband, Matthew
Robbins and Garbarski (Irina Palm)
wrote the script about a man who fakes his own death. After a 21-day New York shoot, the film is currently shooting in Luxembourg and Cologne. Brussels-based Entre Chien et
BY JEREMY KAY There were two deluges in Cannes. The torrent of scripts from new sales companies heightened antici- pation pre-market, but by the rain- soaked midway point a clearer sense of reality had set in. Last year’s market was an exu-
berant affair and by comparison the fl amboyance was not on show this year as many reported a slower pace and relatively flat US buyer activity over the fi rst week. That said, the major sales com-
panies reported sellouts and there is opportunity in an increasingly complicated independent sector. The big question is, which of the new sales companies will still be around in two years’ time? Some have hit the ground run-
ning: David Garrett’s Mister Smith sold out on The Mortal Instruments and 3,096 Days, while Joe Drake’s Good Universe scored multiple ter- ritory deals with UPI on Old Boy and Last Days. Panorama Media, backed by Megan Ellison, was busy touting Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty among others. Patrick Wachsberger and Helen
Exclusive eyes distribution move
BY JEREMY KAY Exclusive Media is believed to be in early talks for a potential acquisi- tion of Millennium Films with a view to entering the US distribu- tion arena, as it emerged that at least another three new domestic distributors plan to launch within the next 12-18 months. Exclusive Media could not be
reached for comment on the devel- opment, which has been a major talking point at the market. The company owns Newmarket
Loup and Luxembourg outfit Samsa Film produce with Pandora Filmproduktion. Senator Film, Frisbee and Xenix
Film will distribute in Germany, Benelux and Switzerland, respectively.
Films, and sources said it has been exploring ways of reconfiguring the label. The thrust of the new wave of US distribution entities is under- stood to have a particular focus on VoD-driven pipelines. The Wein- stein Company launched its VoD label, which is called Radius-TWC, last year — while both Magnolia Pictures and IFC have been active in the space for several years.
Lee Kim reported a roaring trade on the Lionsgate slate, especially the Dirty Dancing remake. “It has been a strong market for us and the team has been seamless,” Wachsberger said of the post- merger infrastructure. Exclusive announced its deal to
finance and produce with Cross Creek, which gives them access to Universal’s US distribution pipe- line. “Our production side is con- verting a lot of material and it’s crucial to the longevity of the com- pany,” Exclusive’s Alex Walton said. The fi rst title under the new deal is thriller A Walk Among The Tombstones and it was one of many sellouts for Walton. “Buyers said there’s a lot out there
and we have been getting them to focus,” said Sierra/Affinity head Nick Meyer, who enjoyed success on The Coup and Emperor. Foresight Unlimited’s Mark Damon reported an unprecedented response to Lone Survivor and Motor City. Focus Features International cel-
ebrated its tenth anniversary with a typically prestige slate that included sellouts Admission, Oculus
and Promised Land. “Japan really seems to be back and buying,” FFI’s president of international sales Ali- son Thompson said. StudioCanal also had a hot seller
with David Heyman-produced Paddington Bear. Of the newer companies, Cargo
scored hits with The Angriest Man In Brooklyn and Zipper. “We did well in our first Cannes and it’s good to see equity has come back to help things get going,” sales chief Mark Lindsay said. HanWay had a busy slate
including The Big Shoe, Dom Hem- ingway and A Long Way Down. “When you consider the economic climate, it’s quite astonishing we had competitive situations in every territory,” MD Thorsten Schu- macher said. “There were bounce- backs from Spain and particularly from Japan. Italy was better but still has a way to go.” IM Global had a sellout on Lee
Daniels’ The Butler. And three IM Global titles sold to the US, as CBS Films took Ends Of The Earth, FilmDistrict acquired Dead Man Down and Relativity took Paranoia.
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Media Asia sold action title Motorway to Klockworx for Japan; Switch to Malaysia (RAM) and Vietnam (Galaxy); and Wind Blast to Turkey (Horizon) and Germany (Tiberius). Johnnie To’s Blind Detective went to Vietnam (Galaxy) and Malaysia (RAM). Vietnam’s Galaxy also took The Guillotines.
Wild Bunch Distribution has taken French rights to Rodney Ascher’s Room 237, the hot doc about theories surrounding The Shining. Andrew Herwitz’s Film Sales Company has a UK deal in play.
Fortissimo Films has acquired Miroslav Terzic’s debut feature Redemption Street.
M-appeal has sold Speechless to North America (Breaking Glass), Australia (Bounty) and France (BQHL); My Last Round to France (BQHL); Mommy Is Coming to Sweden (Njuta); Electrick Children to Russia/CIS (P&I); Without to France (Atypik); and King Of Comics and Out In The Dark to France (Outplay).
UK distributor Metrodome has picked up five titles for all-rights distribution: Spanish horror Here Comes The Devil was acquired from MPI Media Group; Black Rock from Elle Driver; Fairytale from Rai Trade; Thale from Epic; and Pennhurst from Highland Film Group.
Les Acacias has picked up French rights from Media Luna for Kazakh director Darezhan Omirbayev’s UCR selection, Student.
Film Factory has sold Spain, Latin America and North America rights to Fox for 7th Floor (Septimo).
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The UK’s Third Window Films has scooped Isn’t Anyone Alive? from Japan’s Phantom.
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