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Peccadillo adds Salvo to Cannes haul

EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor strikes for ten films in festival and market, including Salvo and Wakolda.

UK indie distributor Peccadillo Pictures picked up 10 films at Cannes, including Grand Prix winner Salvo from Films Distribution and Un Certain Regard entry Wakolda from Pyramide.

Crime-romance Salvo from directors Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza follows the doomed romance between a mobster hitman and the sister of one of his victims.

Lucia Puenzo’s Wakolda charts the true story of an Argentine family who lived with Nazi physician Josef Mengele without knowing his true identity.

Also among the impressive haul are Mexican director’s Jose Luis Valle’s Workers from MPM Film, Eytan Fox’s Eurovision comedy Cupcakes from Films Distribution and You and the Night from Films Boutique.

As previously announced by Screen, the LGBT specialist also acquired this year’s Queer Palme and Un Certain Regard Best Director winner Stranger by the Lake, director Alain Guiradie’s previous film King of Escape, critical hit The Golden Cage (Le Juala de Oro), I Am Happiness on Earth and Bruno and Earlene go to Vegas.

Peccadillo Pictures chairman Tom Abell said: “This has been an exceptional Cannes for Peccadillo with the acquisition of 10 (and counting) new feature films from various sections, with many picking up awards during the festival alongside an assortment of short films from the Short Film Corner.

“We are delighted to team up with Lucia Puenzo on her third feature film Wakolda alongside a diverse selection of first time features from an array of exceptionally talented directors from Mexico, Argentina, France, Italy and the UK,” he continued.

“It is a great honour to finally be working with Alain Guiradie on two of his feature films and to be reunited with Julien Hernandez on his latest feature. 2014 will see our strongest theatrical line-up to date and the whole Peccadillo team is looking forward to an exceptional year.”

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