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FFI reports Black Sea sales surge

Focus Features International has reported a strong response to Kevin Macdonald’s thriller starring Jude Law, led by a multi-territory deal with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisition.

The Sony deal covers Germany, Austria, German-speaking Switzerland, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and Latin America.

Backup Media has invested against distribution rights in France, Benelux and French-speaking Switzerland and will place the film with distributors.

Elsewhere deals have closed in Australia and New Zealand (eOne), China (E-Star), CIS (Top Films), Israel (Lev Cinema) and South Africa (Ster-Kinekor).

Black Sea is co-produced and co-financed by Focus and Film4, which holds free TV rights. Macdonald and Charles Steel produce the story of a submarine captain who takes a motely crew in search of treasure. Dennis Kelly wrote the screenplay.

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